Lady Alchemy is a dancer, writer, video producer, artistic chemist, and cultural catalyst with some very big plans for the American Right. She sat down (metaphorically of course) with Rachel Haywire to talk about her history, political experiences, ideas, and creative pursuits.
Rachel Haywire: What was the inspiration behind Lady Alchemy?
Lady Alchemy: Lady Alchemy was inspired by my childhood dreams of not only dancing and performing but creating my own routines and costumes. As I found my way into the NYC underground performance scene as an adult, I wanted to connect the alchemical aspect of myself with the performing side, so I decided to go by Lady Alchemy and use alchemical symbolism as my creative catalyst.
Alchemical tradition has been passed down over millennia through both oral tradition and symbols; MY way of keeping the tradition alive and passing it on is through performance. Alchemy is filled with visual symbols, so it’s a fantastic subject to bring to life on stage.
Rachel Haywire: What was it like working in NYC as someone with artistic goals, but unorthodox views? How did you channel this conflict?
Lady Alchemy: I was born in NYC, grew up a bit further north, then went to NYU in 2005. I stayed in NYC for the rest of my 20’s. My mother is a Croatian immigrant, so between her conservative upbringing and growing up in the country, I had a pretty conservative mindset despite living in NYC for so long. I often noticed the difference in worldview, but it wasn’t really a big deal until 2016.
In 2016, people began blacklisting me and actively trying to ruin my career. It was a difficult time, because even though I was supposed to be in my prime, I felt like I didn’t belong. I channeled my ideals in my work, creating beauty and classical archetypes.
Rachel Haywire: Was there a lot of depression and alienation involved in what many would view as a paradoxical existence?
Lady Alchemy: I wouldn’t ever say depression, because life has its ups and downs and I embraced them, but there certainly was alienation. I felt like I couldn’t say anything without someone trying to correct my thinking. It led to me not having any close friends in the scene, and it also made performing with people and interacting with them backstage uncomfortable.
I never tried to get political backstage, but simple things like asking a man to help me with my heavy luggage would draw “We don’t need men” comments. I couldn’t express how I wanted to find a man and start a family before I turned 30 without people saying “You don’t need kids, you don’t need a man; they’re just accessories.” Even saying basic things like this would lead to conflicts in which people did not want a deeper relationship with me.
Rachel Haywire: What got you involved in the world of dissident politics? Is there anything you regret?
Lady Alchemy: I was raised right-wing and always held those beliefs, but was never really interested in being IN politics. I am an artist. But since the NYC art world decided to target, harass, blacklist, and doxx me over who I voted for, I was forced into the political world.
Sometimes I do regret certain things. Trump has surrounded himself with grifters and D-list e-celebs (is there any other kind?) have become right-wing celebrities obsessed with going viral. That whole mess makes me more depressed than ever because I wonder why I risked my career for it.
However, in the end, there is nothing that would have changed what happened to me. I hold right-wing views, and this would have made me a target to leftists in the NYC art scene whether I voted for Trump or not.
Rachel Haywire: How did you get into reading philosophers like Evola and how does this relate to your interest in the alchemical and culture war?
Lady Alchemy: I came across Evola around 2016 and love his mindset because he has the trifecta that I look towards: Art, Alchemy, and Right-Wing Politics. He’s the only other person that has knowledge in that trifecta, so his work really hits home for me. I like to use Evola quotes along with my Lady Alchemy images or videos to add another layer to my work. Adding text to imagery makes audiences think about the image in a very different way.
Rachel Haywire: Like me, you often use the phrase “Art Right” to describe your work. What does the Art Right mean to you on a personal level?
Lady Alchemy: I started using ArtRight naturally since I am an artist, both by expertise and profession. The Right part is self-explanatory. I don’t often like to label art left or right because things should be only about the art, but since people assume all artists are left-wing, using “ArtRight” is a fun way to signal to the Right that I’m with them.
Rachel Haywire: I discovered that you were in avantcore South Florida magazine Tape Leak. How did you come to discover them?
Lady Alchemy: Tape Leak reached out to me and asked if they could feature me. I love their aesthetic, so I agreed. They’re really great people who do great work, and I hope to see more of that type of content around. We need more dissident voices.
Rachel Haywire: What are some of your favorite synthwave projects?
Lady Alchemy: I love synthwave. I saw Carpenter Brut in NYC and it was a fantastic show. I like Perterbator, and I’m not sure this counts as synth, but I’ve loved Ace of Base since I was a kid in the 90’s. My friends have a band called Geo Metro and they do fantastic music as well; you can see their work on my project called MetaCogTV.
Rachel Haywire: Speaking of MetaCog, it’s also an art magazine you’ve been hard at work on recently. Tell us what MetaCog is about. Am I catching a cyberpunk theme here?
Lady Alchemy: Yes! Cyberpunk is a great aesthetic, and the name definitely matches the aesthetic. MetaCog comes from metacognition, meaning somebody who is all-knowing. More importantly, it also sounds cool.
My partners and I started with MetaCog magazine, where we feature amazing talent that doesn’t have a voice. The Right has so much talent that is being ignored. We keep saying “culture war” but no one is really fighting it. Instead, they’re focusing on stunts, viral videos, and complaining about whatever the SJW’s and Democrats are doing. We need to replace what we are criticizing.
If we get rid of their musicians, Netflix propaganda, and child drag queens, what will we have to replace them with? I want to showcase the talent we should be focused on instead of those things.
In addition to the magazine, we have created MetaCogTV. It’s only soft-launched for now while we fix all the kinks, but I’m really excited about it. The TV version of MetaCog will have everything we can’t do in a print magazine, from old-school MTV-style music videos to animated shorts in the Adult Swim vein to anything else creative.
Rachel Haywire: Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers of Trigger Warning?
Lady Alchemy: Make sure to check out all of the creative content that we are working on! For classical beauty, you can follow Lady Alchemy on Twitter and Instagram. For more political content, Martina Markota on Twitter and Instagram. For a wide range of artists and entertainment, follow @MetaCogMagazine and @MetaCogTV on Twitter.
I’m also keeping Lady Alchemy alive through comic books right now! The left tried to destroy her, but we are kicking SJW butt in the comic book industry. You can support the Lady Alchemy comic book here.
[Main image credit: Aurum Nostrum Non Est Aurum by Lucy Brown]
Rachel Haywire is the Founder of Trigger Warning and your hostess for the new insurrection. She is a consultant, author, musician, and model. Currently, she is running for President of the United States under the banner of the United States Transhumanist Party. Her Twitter is @BeyondTheCenter.