With an astounding mastery, this creator pursues the alchemic and medical tradition of the fifteenth century.
The imaginary evolution traced by the talent of Angela Su /
Angela Su borrows inspiration from ancient medical treaties, her works achieve the beauty of plates by classical xylographic masters like Andrea Vesalius, while her representations of chimera insects with sprouting plants, rich textures, and whimsical forms, are a true visual delight. Su’s formation as a biologist enables her to understand the intricate ways in which life is ornamented and developed, her visions portraying the endlessness of imagination are incredibly beautiful.
In a similar manner, the calligraphy that the artist uses in her images frames the beauty of her creation, endowing them with an ancient and captivating essence that remits to the alchemical studies that nurture her work. The entire fertile, scientific and mystical tradition of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries is captured by Angela Su, transforming them into a contemporary reflection about the beauty of nature; in the same way that Ernst Haeckel, the naturalist and philosopher, used his studies and reflections on nature to praise natural aesthetics.
The work of the doctor, astrologist, alchemist and mystic, Paracelsus, is crucial for a large percentage of Su’s work. Paracelsus Garden, for example, is a fantastic series of delicate anatomy and entomology drawings. Angela combines two of the most important aspects of Paracelsus’ life, on the one hand, the perception we currently have of him as the first great mind of medical sciences, endowed with the scientific rationality that revolutionised the medicine of his time, and, on the other, his rooted beliefs in mystical practices, worthy of a traditionalist medieval spirit.
Angela also uses performance to experience and represent the human body in a similar manner as that portrayed in her drawings. The mutilated flesh of human dissections, identical to that in naturalist or entomological studies, are violent acts with the purpose of revealing the mystery of life, an insatiable search, in the same manner as the alchemical master yearned for an elemental transmutation, a spiritual journey that connects with every single life form, a search that this creator invites us to join.Tagged: contemporary art, visual arts, drawing, Angela Su