Genesis 8 Artist | GiselXFlorez

Gisel Florez began her artistic journey through the lens of a camera. Eventually, her lifelong pursuit in the development of her own unique visual language and her love of light play led her naturally to the vast potential in the digital art world.

Gisel Florez, Space in Touch, 2021

Her piece Space in Touch was inspired by analyzing physical responses associated to interacting within an exponentially digitized life & economy. This piece references the energetic response to a physical touch. A moment where gravitational forces are felt & can commune with self. This connection highlights one’s own humanity; an activation of center; an energy seldom experienced within digitized representations. Florez comments this, “Visual language is directional, radiating out to all who resonate; permeating the subconscious and readily available to sense the nuances of emotion it sparks within.”

Listen to our recent conversation with Gisel about her piece for the Genesis 8 collection below.


Genesis 8 Artist | Lapin Mignon

Lapin Mignon is known for her deeply personal and mesmerizing artworks. Her piece Anatomie D’Une Poussière d’Or (Gold Dust Anatomy) began in a meditative state thinking about what gold dust might mean to her. From that, flashes of abstract shapes, color, and 80s inspired motifs began coming to mind. When it came to creating the piece, Mignon prepped the canvas with splashes of color using watercolor paints. Then Mignon found their narrative by putting pen to paper and creating abstract shapes. To finish it off, the piece was splattered with gold paint in a way that was reminiscent of light summer rain after a storm. Mignon’s emotional carefree approach to this piece brought energy and life to the canvas, showcasing what gold dust means to her.

Lapin Mignon, Anatomie D’Une Poussière d’Or (Gold Dust Anatomy)

Check out our recent conversation with Lapin on our podcast below


Introducing Our Genesis 8

In the Chinese language, the pronunciation of the number 8, “ba,” is very similar to that of the word prosper, “fa,” making the number 8 the most auspicious of all the numbers.

For the Genesis 8 series, we asked our 8 artists to express what Gold Dust is for them through the filter of their artistic vision, style, and techniques. For some, it evokes nostalgia and remembrance. For others, it’s the primal spark of creation and nature.

For us, Gold Dust is something very special. Every object, and by extension every person, possesses inherent worth as well as the innate potential to metamorphose into something far greater than its present state.

Giant Swan, Metamorphosis (Still)

“Some years ago at an auction of Old World artifacts, I witnessed the sale of empty canvas sacks selling solely by weight. It baffled me that anyone would pay substantial sums for empty bags hundreds of years old and I inquired further. I then discovered these nondescript canvas sacks had once been used to transport immense quantities of gold. While the sacks were now empty significant quantities of gold dust still remained, filling the crevices and folds in the cloth. By practical alchemy, this precious residue had transformed otherwise mundane objects into coveted pieces of considerable worth,” Mint Gold Dust Founder, Kelly LeValley Hunt.

Mint Gold Dust is a place, somewhere in the universe, where all creators find a home and a chance to perpetuate their legacy. Everyone has their Gold Dust, everyone carries an aura of magic, and you are part of that yourself.

“The works that our Genesis 8 artists created are very special because they speak about the most intimate values of each artist as humans,” said Eleonora Brizi, Mint Gold Dust Curator. “Each artist was inspired by the essence of creativity and wonder, resulting in deeply intimate and unique pieces. Throughout the process, it was important for us to establish deep and meaningful relationships with each artist, a crucial part of Mint Gold Dust’s mission.”

Artists in this exclusive collection include Bard Ionson, Ben Snell, Lily Honglei, Hackatao, Giant Swan, Gisel Florez, Lapin Mignon, and MUEO.

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