Charlotte Warne Thomas

Golden Age; On the Contemporary Agency of Gold

My practice-based research examines the changing role of gold as a material and metaphor for financialization since the cessation of the gold standard in 1971. I deploy real gold, gold plate, gold leaf and artificial gold to elicit the complex dual roles of gold as adornment and as money, exploring its shifting status as a repository for standardised (economic) value and a universal signifier of wealth and status. Focusing specifically on the process of electroplating, whereby a micron thick layer of gold is deposited onto a metallic substrate, I seek to draw parallels with the alchemic moment of the creation of luxury and the complex financial systems which govern the neoliberal economic climate.

 

Charlotte Warne Thomas

 

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