Photo-etching with meteorite-imbued ink, 2016.
Etymologically speaking, celestography refers to the act of “drawing from the heavens”. A celestograph is an image or recording which is caused in some way by a celestial object. My research specifically focuses on the epistemic and phenomenological implications of celestography, considering how it is possible to physically grasp and transform light and matter originating from outside of Earth.
In Meteotypes, I specifically explore the curious interaction between the function of images and how they are caused. The Meteotype is a photographic etching print where the ink forming the image is imbued with the very same material that it represents. The image is “caused” in the indexical sense where light bounces off of an object and into the camera.
However, it could be said that the viewer has a 'physical' connection with the original meteorite which has been transformed into ink.
With special thanks to the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College London and the intaglio printmaking department at the Royal College of Art.