color pencil + ink on ledger paper
16” x 20.5”, approx. 20" x 24.5" framed
TRANSIT OF VENUS SERIES
My latest body of mixed media work on paper originated in a found object: a ledger containing observations of the 1874 Transit of Venus, a phenomenon occurring every 243 years when the planet Venus moves across the face of the sun, twice.
Pages from this ledger appear as a layer in some of this series, for e.g. in the six “Computation from Elements” pieces.
The Transit of Venus becomes an entry point into a variety of inter-related ideas, celestial and astronomical, scientific and mythological, all of which become themes in the work.
The depths of ocean and cosmos are evoked by my non-traditional use of cyanotype, a 19th century photographic printing technique that produces deep indigo shades over which I layer drawings in ink and pencil.
In this new body of work, I continue my exploration of the tension between form and formlessness, order and chaos. The systems of order and measurement that have been applied to the cosmos are balanced against the chaos that moves below the surface of the deep.