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1. The medieval forerunner of chemistry, concerned with the transmutation of matter, in particular with attempts to convert base metals into gold or find a universal elixir.
2. A seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.
The Oxford English Dictionary describes Alchemy as a ‘transmutation of matter’ and a ‘magical process of transformation…’
The newest exhibition at Sproson Gallery encapsulates all these qualities and more as it explores the Contemporary alchemic practice of artistic process – working with abstract concepts through paint, base metals, mixed media and textile, Sproson Gallery presents a group exhibition of works by British artists- all of whom are concerned- at the heart of it- with ideas about the environment, the geophysical and the connection between sky, sea and earth. The work runs along themes that are both cyclical and connected and features large-scale paintings and mixed media works by critically acclaimed artists, Poppy Cyster, Ian Rawnsley, Jackie Gardiner, Deborah Phillips, Lisa O’ Brien, Sigrid Shone, Lucilla Sim, Susan Forsyth, Louise O’ Hara and Vicky Coull. Collectively they create a dialogue within a certain perspective of modernity — revealing a legacy towards a belief in the artwork as representing an ongoing engagement in a process with the natural world. Until May 30,