Drawing, 2018

Once upon a time, in some out of the way corner of that universe which is dispersed into numberless twinkling solar systems, there was a star upon which clever beasts invented knowing.

Nietzsche, On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense, 1873

A series of abstract drawings made with various stencils and templates, mainly of circles and ellipses (which are key figures in astronomy: conic sections). The stencils are aids to precision, accuracy, to drawing ‘perfect’ shapes (as opposed to free-hand ‘imperfect’ ones). They are also measuring instruments, often used in schools or arts and crafts, simple, ordinary tools for basic tasks. The act of drawing circles and ellipsis also connects with a child-like fascination with planets, moons and stars.

This work emerged as part of Uncalibrated, my PhD practice-led research responding to the unprocessed images from the Cassini mission to Saturn. The Cassini raw images are public and can be found here. To view more of my works connected to the PhD click here.