The Alembic


For I am the first and the last.
I am the honored one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am the wife and the virgin.
I am <the mother> and the daughter.
I am the members of my mother.
I am the barren one
and many are her sons.
I am she whose wedding is great,
and I have not taken a husband.
I am the midwife and she who does not bear.
I am the solace of my labor pains.
I am the bride and the bridegroom,
and it is my husband who begot me...

I am the silence that is incomprehensible
and the idea whose remembrance is frequent.
I am the voice whose sound is manifold
and the word whose appearance is multiple.
I am the utterance of my name...

For I am knowledge and ignorance.
I am shame and boldness.
I am shameless; I am ashamed.
I am strength and I am fear.
I am war and peace.
Give heed to me.

These lines are excerpted from the poem entitled, The Thunder, Perfect Mind, a document that was found amongst the Nag Hammadi cache in 1945. The group of codices have been called Gnostic and represent what is probably a small peek into the flourishing ideas and multivalent world of early Christianity. For our next exhibition at The Alembic, I will be focusing only on this enigmatic, powerful, and evocative text. I encourage you to give the poem a read, it isn’t very long. You can find the best English translation here

I am looking for 2D Artwork that somehow embodies, expresses, or somehow fits with the themes of The Thunder. The artwork cannot be larger than 60 inches on any side and must be wired for hanging. I can only accept work that can hang from the wall at this time. Artists are responsible for in person delivery or shipping costs to the gallery and for return costs if the work doesn’t sell. The Alembic wil be taking a 30% commission for all sold work.

Important Dates:

Submissions Due September 30

Notification sent October 7

All Artwork must be at the gallery by October 21st

Opening November 4

Show closing January 7, 2024

Please fill out the Submission Form HERE.

I look forward to reviewing your work. Thank you for your creativity.

Krisztina Lazar