Using relatively feeble organic matter and mighty liquid bismuth, Chris Ritson engages with our relationships to life, death, dreams, and nature

A rash of high-tech and mixed-media artists have recently stolen the spotlight in both the fine art and pop culture worlds, making abstract, post-modern mashups the relative norm. One artist has been spending his time, however, working to represent humankind's complex relationship with nature by performing modern-day alchemy: he gathers organic and chemical ingredients, mixes them together, and patiently watches his work grow into its own remarkable forms.

Working from his hometown of Honolulu, HI, mixed media artist Chris Ritson has long been fascinated with the rich variety of environmental forces — from growth and decay to silently fierce fungal invasions — affecting life itself in Hawaii and elsewhere. Most recently, the internationally shown artist has been exploring a new love of growing stunning, multifaceted bismuth crystals on a series of carefully chosen objects.

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