Elyssia Bugg
Prima Materia

Prima Materia

Bundoora Homestead
11 May – 7 July 2019, curated by Emily Jones

By Elyssia Bugg

Honey, ore, vinegar, lead, venom, urine and lye. These are among some of the fifty or so elements used in Martin Ruland the Younger's 1612 text, Lexicon Alchemiae Sive Dictionarium Alchemistarum, to describe the concept of prima materia. Translating from Latin as "first matter", prima materia is a recurring, elusive object of alchemical and philosophical research. It is also, in name, one of...