Alchemy: A historical quasi-scientific concept. Out-moded philosophy. Referred to by the artist in a bastardized usage to describe his artistic practice as a way of transforming disparate materials into objects of greater worth than the sum of their materials. Related to the traditional alchemical goal of transmutation. Of particular note is the practice of using Gold spray-paint in the making of his Cave Paintings, as well as prominent use on the various stalagmite and stalactites in Polyphemus’ Cave which was donepartially in an attempt to convince his wife of the worth and merit of his artistic practice.
“Alchemy depicted the cave as a form of the alchemical vas, and religious lore has seen the cave as a space of conversion and the climax of a spiritual quest. “(ARAS, 112)