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Aqua Regalia

  • Street Art
September 22, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art, involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure.

Once more, Faith47 is taking a deep look at the mysteries of life. Her exploration, “Aqua Regalia”, begins this October in London with Moniker Projects and travels to Rome in 2015, and thereafter to the USA. By combining found objects and art-incarnate thoughts, “Aqua Regalia” presents an immersive experience as much as a viewing. In this sacred space, Faith47 asks us to reconsider, and feel the hidden embattled role of the spirit in a secular realm.

Aqua Regalia - when mixture of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid turns into gold
Faith47 – Aqua Regalia

Aqua Regalia or ‘royal water’ is the alchemical name for a highly corrosive mixture of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid that transmogrifies, dissolves and changes into the most powerful substance – gold. In “Aqua Regalia”, Faith47 embeds found and created objects in an enshrined space and thus, in a manner of the reliquary, pays homage to the sacramental within the ordinary. The restoration of value to discarded things when combined with pictorial conjuring’s of some undivided divinity, suggest a schism between the knowable and the unknowable. Whether the divine resides inside the everyday, or whether it merely intimates an absent-presence. Ultimately it seems that we are dealing with a felt experience – part belief, part yearning.

Aqua Regalia - when mixture of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid turns into gold
Faith47

Along with these found objects are pictorial representations of incarnated divinity: animals, sacred geometry and other symbols. The question is – does the experience attest to the power of things over and above the human apprehension of them, or if the experience compels us to reconsider the object as indivisibly connected to the divine?

Aqua Regalia - when mixture of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid turns into gold
Faith47

If the viewer remains unclear it is because this exhibition arrives at a point in history in which it has become impossible to decipher a future, interpret history, let alone grasp the present. “Aqua Regalia” opens on October 9 and will remain on view until October 19.