The classical elements of earth, wind, fire and water are believed to reflect the most simple yet essential parts of upon which the fundamental powers of anything are based. This work puts the classical elements into a modern day context. Our connections to these elements are fundamental to our existence. What is questionable in this work is if we cannot exist without them or if they would not also exist without us.

Steel, better known for it’s mass productions since the 17th century, but having been around for approximately four thousand years, exists in every home. The radio wave, only around since the early 1900’s, mainly now referred to as ‘the wireless signal’, it’s uses in everyday life mean it to will probably exist many thousands of years into the future.

This work looks at restrictions placed upon the human by the world we exist in. The Kore Kosmou or Virgin of the World was a series of writings accredited to Hermes Trismegistus, which form parts of the Hermetic religion. He was believed to be a combination of two gods, Greek and Egyptian. His writings about the elements within this book state:

“And Isis answer made: Of living things, my son, some are made friends with fire, and some with water, some with air, and some with earth, and some with two or three of these, and some with all. And, on the contrary, again some are made enemies of fire, and some of water, some of earth, and some of air, and some of two of them, and some of three, and some of all. For instance, son, the locust and all flies flee fire; the eagle and the hawk and all high-flying birds flee water; fish, air and earth; the snake avoids the open air. Whereas snakes and all creeping things love earth; all swimming things–love–water; winged things, air, of which they are the citizens; while those that fly still higher–love–the fire and have the habitat near it. Not that some of the animals as well do not love fire; for instance salamanders, for they even have their homes in it. It is because one or another of the elements doth form their bodies’ outer envelope.
Each soul, accordingly, while it is in its body is weighted and constricted by these four.’

By Emily Hesse

Emily Hesse Artist. Usually with dirty hands. Artistic Director at New Linthorpe.