MUTATION OF THE VISIBLE, 2013-15
Graphite on paper, 56/56cm
This pictorial research explores the non linear history of imaginairies, observations and space explorations which transformed our perception of the moon.
After Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Graphite on paper, 56/56cm
After Soviet Luna 3 mission, Graphite on paper, 56/56cm
After J W Draper, Graphite on paper, 56/56cm
After Galileo, Graphite on paper, 56/56cm
After a Pareidolia, Graphite on paper, 56/56cm
Since time immemorial, the moon has been observed, studied and worshipped. It holds a place of particular fascination in our earthbound lives provoking the imagination to escape its limits. However, whilst the moon has always been in man’s field of vision, its symbolism and nature have changed considerably according to different cultures and eras. This series of drawings starts with one of the most ancient and anthropomorphic perceptions of the Moon: the pareidolia of a human figure imagined amidst the dark lunar markings. The project then investigates the determining role played by optical instruments from the 17th to the 19th century, before going on to explore new viewpoints opened up by lunar exploration and never before available from the earth’s surface.
This project was exhibited in Nature Reserves, show at GV Art gallery, London and curated by Tom Jeffreys and in the Festival Sidération 2015 curated by Gerard Azoulay, Paris, Dessiner l'invisible, Curator Damien McDonald, Galerie 24b, Paris
It is developped since 2015 as part of a hors les murs artist in residency at Observatoire de l'Espace at CNES, Paris.