Collection: The Alchemy of Gesture

"I paint music... Alchemy is a way of transforming one thing into another for the purpose of creating and extending life. The conversion of one element into another is a significant part of alchemy. Art is alchemy, just as music is alchemy, and together they create overflowing emotion and beauty. In this series, alchemy refers to the choice of materials, substrates, media, and the chemistry of how they interact, as well as from where the specific gestures come. Every stroke of paint has alchemy, and a reason it has been used.

This body of work is a collection of music for unaccompanied viola, composed and played by some of my favorite contemporary musical artists. I love the rich timbre of the viola, and the story it tells. The solo voice of the viola is the perfect vehicle for presenting how I see and feel music." - Karen Mosbacher