Alchemist Triptych / MASS MoCA
Dimensions: 14ft x 14ft x 38ft
Materials: Recycled foam, metal leaf, chains, aluminum, hardware, and paint
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA
Alchemist Triptych depicts three tornado-like structures in gold, silver, and copper. The forms represent mineral mines extracted from the earth in tapering concentric rings, dangling and vulnerable. Placed at the edge of the gallery’s upper balcony, they are viewable from multiple vantage points. Each mine also has a corresponding hole in the floor, impossibly small compared to the forms — perhaps a signal of the land healing itself in the face of extraction.