The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Pleiades

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Pleiades

Fabric, PVA, and archival acetate, 80 in. diameter, 2015

 

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space is an environmental installation at Wave Hill, The Bronx, July 25–September 7, 2015

I designed and printed fabrics sourced from 19th-century diagrams and illustrations depicting interplanetary space as it was known at the time. I shaped these patterned textiles into disks and cones, creating forms that suggest both biological and celestial imagery and hung them suspended from the ceiling in a 19th-century sun room. The title of my exhibition comes from H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds, “Dim and wonderful is the vision I have conjured up in my mind of life spreading slowly from this little seed bed of the solar system throughout the inanimate vastness of sidereal space.” This project imagines how this 19th-century vision could materialize.

I was interviewed by Wave Hill's curatorial fellow Danni Shen. Click here to read it.

 

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Moon Volcanoes

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Moon Volcanoes

Fabric, PVA, and archival acetate, 64 and 36 in. diameters, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Life's Children

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Life's Children

Fabric, PVA, and archival acetate, 36 in. diameter, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Eclipses, fabric, PVA, and archival acetate, 36 in. diameter, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Eclipses, fabric, PVA, and archival acetate, 36 in. diameter, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Life's Race

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Life's Race

Fabric, PVA, and archival acetate, 36 in. diameter, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Moon Bone

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Moon Bone

Fabric, PVA, and archival acetate, 70 in. diameter, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space, installation shot, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space, installation shot, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space

Installation shot, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space

Installation shot, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Craters (detail)

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Craters (detail)

Fabric, PVA, and archival acetate, 80 in. diameter, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Dial

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Dial

Fabric, PVA, and archival acetate, 64 in. diameter, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Mysterious Island

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Mysterious Island

Fabric, PVA, and archival acetate, 36 in. diameter, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Crater Mountain

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Crater Mountain

Fabric, PVA, and archival acetate, 24 in. diameter, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space

Installation shot, 2015

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space

The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space

Installation shot, 2015