Chris Ritson’s Divine Bismuth Sculptures

Feb 5, 2014 | Life With Art

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Bismuth is an awesomely beautiful member of the periodic table of elements.

For artist Chris Ritson, this element is the symbolic and aesthetic foundation of awesome beauty. His bismuth sculptures fuse story and nature in a profound way. 


Chris Ritson writes on his website about the symbolic nature of the chemical element of bismuth and how it factors into his art:

” Bismuth is an archival element, that under specific, synthetic conditions crystalizes into a distinct hopper shaped crystal form. This crystalline structure of multicolored lattice of cubes within cubes is utilized to simulate the Tesseract, a 4th Dimensional cube. Imagine the Tesseract is to the cube as the cube is to the square. In our thoughts, as well as dreams, we construct a reality within countless imperceivable dimensions, and the realm of the Tesseract is the first that evades our five senses. As artwork is meant to herald a great movement in the viewer into unknown lands of experience, these works are manifestations of the great mythic beacons of ineffable transmissions: Immortal Gods plucked form our literary tradition, all linked to the bridge that connects humans to the imperceivable truths beyond the body.”

chris ritson bismuth

Stunning balance, and almost mystical power.

chris ritson bismuth

Grace and peace capped with transcendence.

chris ritson bismuth

And grace.

chris ritson bismuth

The depths within the swirling pool of mineral color is astonishing, like a miniature monument.

chris ritson bismuth

A new way to see things, a new way to create deeper significance.

Art that blends the elemental and the imagination gains a somewhat heightened majesty.  I never understood how tremendous bismuth on its own could be, but when mixed with sculpture, it is even and even greater force.

Live with more art. Spend more time in nature.  Discover ways to fuse the two. You will have endless inspiration. xoxo Dana


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  1. Dana

    Where do you find this stuff? Amazing!


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