Edge of Alchemy

2017 ⋅ 19:00 ⋅35mm to 4K ⋅ (excerpt)

Edge of Alchemy is the third film in a trilogy examining the psychological terrain of women’s inner worlds. In this handmade film, assembled from over 6,000 collages, the actors Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are appropriated from their early silent features and cast into a surreal epic with an unending of the Frankenstein story. Music by Lech Jankowski (Brothers Quay). Edge of Alchemy was completed with generous funding from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Creative Capital Foundation.

Edge of Alchemy is the epitome of Stacey Steers’ unique vision of collaged re-examination animations, an uncanny way to carry on in the great tradition of surrealist cinema. Max Ernst would refer to Lautréamont’s sewing machine and umbrella to define the structure of the surrealist painting as ‘a linking of two realities that by all appearances have nothing to link them, in a setting that by all appearances does not fit them.’ I would add, making it all feel so seamlessly inevitable and inexplicably right…the ‘feeling of form,’ as Suzanne K. Langer might have put it…” (Phil Solomon)