Creating art is similar to alchemy: the main target in both cases is finding the Quintessence of Life. In Hellenistic alchemy, the process of opus is divided into four stages: Melanosis (production of black metal), Leukosis (transforming black colour to white/silvery), Xanthosis (the silver changing to yellow/’gold’) and Losis (gold turning to Violet). The appearance of Violet marks the end of the Great Work: “Finally, when you make it violet, all substances become a unity.”
Julie Weber is the Bronze Artist of the ArtAscent Violet call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Violet issue.