A tinted resin dodecahedron The artwork on a matching plinth Closeup of the artwork showing copper rings and wire

Quintessence is a monumental piece of orgonite. It was made using metal waste from the TRIUMF particle accelerator in Vancouver. Orgonite is an occult substance of contemporary DIY cult status that is said to transmute, among other things, the harmful energy of electro-magnetic frequencies. I made Quintessence in conversation with the TRIUMF physicists about their research into dark matter and the even more mysterious dark energy. I thought it fitting. For orgonite is named for Wilhelm Reich’s 1930’s concept of Orgone which is variously described as universal life force, esoteric energy or pseudoscience.

Quintessence, 2020, orgonite (steel, aluminum, copper wire, copper leaf, quartz crystal, resin), polystyrene, recycled fabric, 34 × 24 × 24 inches, photo: SITE photography