Sally Weber uses holographic works, video, sculpture and photography to create experiential environments. She examines ways of knowing inspired by the Archimedes Palimpsest, a 13th century codex in which 10th century Greek translations of Archimedes' geometric proofs were overwritten with Orthodox Christian prayers. Weber is interested in lost and found knowledge, the fundamental elements, alchemy and concepts of infinity. Her exploration of how formative scientific thought and spiritual thought coexist reveals a complicated inquiry into the nature of reality that continues to this day.
Sally Weber Artist Statement
We are interconnected, elementally.
It started from a singularity, a mathematical term for infinity in a point. Anti-matter and matter exploded as light and the remnant of matter that survived expanded into all we know. We hinge our existence between space and time and show the traits of the tiniest particles that combine and vibrate within us.
Several years ago I became fascinated by a parchment codex called the Archimedes Palimpsest. Advanced digital imaging and scholarly research revealed a lost 10th century Greek translation of The Method, a unique copy of a geometric proof by Archimedes along with other works. Barely perceivable, this proof lay written beneath and perpendicular to 13th century Christian liturgical texts. The writings in the codex represent vastly different world views, priorities and practices of cultures 1600 years apart. And yet, although visually and conceptually opposed to each other, both seek to understand and define the infinite in their own way.
Though ways of knowing alter through time, infinity remains elusive. It suggests something endless, beyond reach, a boundless potential, as well as the singularity that expanded into a universe. It is the tether that connects us to our origin and the tales we tell to make our passage meaningful emotionally, culturally, intellectually and spiritually.
In this exhibition the elements carbon, gold, and iron are integrated with works of light. Early alchemists believed metals matured in the ground, transforming over time from base metals to the royal metals, silver and gold. Their intent was to carefully transmute metals from one stage to another speeding up the process. Iron, the most abundant metal in the universe, is the actual transformative metal. Its fusion in the core of a star triggers a supernova and the subsequent creation of all the heavier metals including silver, gold, uranium and plutonium and is fundamental to the earth and all life.
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