I have been trying to narrow down what is the criticality in my work? What am I actually concerned about, and how is that really reflected through the work? Why am I so concerned about preserving/understanding the night sky in all these tactile means?
I think my interest in the cosmos started because it seems like it has been a constant throughout humanity, that the stars we see are relatively the same as the ones the first people saw… However it is not guaranteed that it will always be so.
Linking to growing concerns of air pollution, I think my desire to document comes from an ecological concern that we might not get to see this sky forever. Light and air pollution can at times make it impossible to see the stars. While those stars are still there behind pollution, parts of it are beginning to be claimed for corporate exploitation, which leads to more concern. What happens when the moon starts to get mined?
I am in the very very early stages of a browser based work, which I hope might metaphorically peel back the light pollution to reveal a night sky behind it. Below are some images, but you can see and explore it for yourself here. Open the link and follow the instructions:
This is a very early test, and still in need of a lot of fleshing out. But I plan to try to document the surface of the moon through this process based on NASA’s images, or possibly all 88 constellations? TBD!
What happens if the text becomes something related to these concerns?
What happens when this work is printed? On one long sheet via Dot Matrix Printer?
How does the audience find this?
What does it mean to preserve from an artist’s perspective?
How is it displayed with other ephemera?
Through the making day I was able to find time to meditate on all these questions that are spinning endlessly in my mind as I look forward to making new work. By taking the entire time to just spend drawing, putting pencil to paper and making marks while my mind wandered I started to think about the physical embodiment of the moon, how that comes about through scientific diagrams and myth, and how those may reflect similarities in my body’s physical existence.
I spent the time making the above drawing of the Catherina crater, named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria. I was interested in this crater because of the myths around Catherine, because of how her actions as a martyr have been claimed by booth for Catholicism and Paganism… both without any clear evidence that she ever really existed, but was stoned to death for her beliefs.
Kimberley remarked how the drawing could look like skin, and that really excited me. Thinking about the surface of the moon as a skin, and in relation to the welts Saint Catherine received as a martyr. This connection between the physical impact of a meteor creating Catherina, and the flesh experience in myth of Saint Catherine seemed the perfect poetic pairing. This lead me to think about how relics are used as evidence, and why we look for evidence of anything, religious figures or in astronomy and selenography.
Why do we need this physical evidence, what does it look like, who owns it, who profits from it, how is it displayed, how do we protect it, how do we authenticate it? Are all questions I am thinking about moving forward. I plan to make drawings that investigate these connections between religious relics which ‘prove’ history and meteorites which help us learn about the moon in relations to saint Cathreine of Alexandria.