Elemental Alchemy is an exhibition of diverse works in wood, metal, and stone. At the heart of medieval alchemy was the idea that all matter was composed of four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. With the right combination of elements, it was theorized that any substance on earth might be formed. This included precious metals as well as elixirs to cure disease and prolong life. While Haymond makes no claim to cure disease, she does transform base elements into art.
Using wood, brass, resin, Paua shell, fine silver, gold, opals, turquoise, and gem stones among others, she creates the intricate landscapes and pictographs of imagined ancient cultures.
Haymond often starts with highly figured wood as the foundation of her sculptures. Using a wood lathe, she creates the designs from which emerge individual pieces which are carved, burned, inlayed and mounted on stone bases. Haymond has expanded her work from wood to include brass musical instruments that she patinates to bring about a multicolored background for her carving and piercing to shine through.
fine Art sculpture