In both Eastern and Western ancient civilizations, the trinity of science, mysticism, and philosophy developed into various forms of alchemy. Though later deemed heretical by the church, alchemy became a significant thread weaving all spiritual traditions together, specifically in its iconography. An exploration of the synchronicities between western alchemical, mystical, and Catholic imagery, Half Sinner, All Saint follows the seven stages of alchemical transformation, the symbolic chemical creation of the philosopher’s stone as a direction to spiritual actualization. In the steps of Calcination, Dissolution, Separation, Conjunction, Fermentation, Distillation, and Coagulation, the Prima Materia, one’s spirit-ego, is broken, remade, tested, and ultimately reborn.
Through overlapping symbols including serpents, divine fire, blood, and the cosmos, the common narrative of spiritual development found in alchemy, tarot, and natural philosophies to find spiritual harmony and awareness, becomes parallel with Jesus Christ in Christianity. In this series, I use the principles of alchemy to separate and conjoin visual elements of these iconographies, a final narrative emerging which is half sinner, but all saint.