DIANA JAFFE | 8 Images
Timeless and timely, this compelling body of work has a sacred sensibility. The alchemy of ancient materials, (gold leaf and ground lapis lazuli) with contemporary mediums unite the past and present with compelling visual language transcending boundaries.

There is a juxtaposition of ancient and current, order and chaos, natural and man made.  The union of gold and lapis lazuli has its origins in the twelfth century when there was a desire to evoke divine light and presence.  In time, blue made from lapis lazuli was used to represent royalty. The jewel tones can not be effectively created in a man made tube of paint.  I create a contemporary paint out of lapis lazuli to bring that powerful jewel tone into my work.
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