Installation with print on textile, animation on flat monitor (silent, looped), 2022

With myth, it’s better not to rush things, better to let them settle in memory, pausing to consider their details, to ponder them without moving beyond the language of their images. The lesson we can draw from a myth lies within the literality of its story, not in what we add to it from without.

Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millenium, 1988

They [Black Paintings] are current because in the evolution of Goya’s work and its appreciation, right now they are the ones that best express our contemporaneity: fragmentation, bewilderment, insecurity, aggressiveness, sadness and melancholy.

Jesusa Vega, in a feature in ABC, 2019

In mythology, Saturn devoured his children to avoid the prophecy of being dethroned by them. Francisco de Goya’s painting Saturn, made circa 1820, is widely believed to be based on this myth. It is a world-famous work of art that has generated and withstood endless interpretations. The figure of Goya is itself the subject of nearly as much mythologising as the figure of Saturn himself. Goya was haunted by dark ghosts, deaf, suffering from lead poisoning, and half-mad. Goya’s beast is here reconstructed with Cassini raw images using the technique of photo mosaic.

This work developed 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.

Installation view at Leeds Art Gallery, 2023
A close up of the fabric print