All posts tagged Alchemy of the Soul

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Magda at Montserrat

By Jo Broderick I’ve been at Montserrat College of Art for nearly three decades and always get excited this time of year – for spring, for graduation and to see …

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PEM in Cuba

Earlier this month, we traveled to Cuba with a group of PEM friends and supporters. Our journey was initially inspired by the sculptures we commissioned from Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. Our …

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Neil Leonard in Cuba during a trip to research the PEM exhibition. Courtesy photo.

Collaborators in every sense of the word

Inspired by Cuba and the history of the sugar trade, Alchemy of the Soul is a multimedia and multisensory installation that is a collaboration by Neil Leonard and Maria Magdalena …

Back of the Alchemy of the Soul: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons catalog by Wilcox Design. 2016. Courtesy of Jean Wilcox.

Book Design Distilled

By Jean Wilcox What I love most about book design, and the crafting of exhibition catalogs especially, is the opportunity to study an artist and learn the story behind their …

A freight elevator transports you up to 'Alchemy of the Soul'.

Found in translation

Perched on sugar sacks and leaning against the metal walls, a small group of us are riding up the museum’s freight elevator. It’s a space that’s been creatively re-imagined as …

Rum bottle, before 1830, B.W. Stone Distillery, Charter Street, Salem, Massachusetts, glass, Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM

Collected Alchemy

“With Alchemy of the Soul, Elixir for the Spirits, we breathe the scents, we hear the echoes, we see visions of Cuba past and present.” The latest exhibition to open …

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Ghost hunting in Cuba with Magda

Traveling with an artist means that every experience, every encounter is potential grist for their creative mill. And when that artist is Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons (Magda), and you’re accompanying her …