The work 'Lilian' is one of the three works from 'al-kīmiyā' series.
Alchemy is defined as “A medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life.” In Alchemy - 'the process of transmutation by which to fuse or reunite with the divine or original form' - the transformation of the Matter is entwined with its spiritual transformation. Swinging between powerful positions to accusation of witchcraft at times, women gave a great contribution to alchemy, in different historical periods, when social and religious conditions allowed it.
This contribution is one of the most refined manifestations expressed by women in the field of scientific knowledge, placing at the center of the female cultural path the skills of manipulation and transformation of raw materials, combined with an innate sensitivity towards the sphere of health. The metals were believed to have a spiritual connection, and every metal carried a special significance. The alchemists believed that each element had a physical representation and also a philosophical meaning.
The celestial body represented by Gold is the Sun. The metal was highly valued by the ancient Egyptians, Irish, Romans, Asians, Africans, and Central Americans. It was believed to represent perfection and purity. Gold was often used as offerings for the gods, for ceremonial purposes and for the beautification of the chieftains’ courts. Most of the cultures across the world have seen this metal as a symbol of wealth, prosperity, authority and charisma. It was supposed to aid in healing, protection, growth, and knowledge.
100 x 100 cm
oil and gold leaves on canvas