MUTATION OF THE VISIBLE, 2013-15
Graphite on paper

Mutation of the Visible consists of five drawings that investigate significant stages in mankind’s shifting perception of the moon. This pictorial research explores the ways knowledge is formed and evolves through visions and understandings of the moon from antiquity’s myths to the invention of instruments of observation and 20th century space exploration.

Since time immemorial, the moon has been observed, studied and worshipped. It holds a place of particular fascination in our earthbound lives provoking the imagination to escape its limits. However, whilst the moon has always been in man’s field of vision, its symbolism and nature have changed considerably according to different cultures and eras. This series of drawings starts with one of the most ancient and anthropomorphic perceptions of the Moon: the pareidolia of a human figure imagined amidst the dark lunar markings. The project then investigates the determining role played by optical instruments from the 17th to the 19th century, before going on to explore new viewpoints opened up by lunar exploration and never before available from the earth’s surface.

This project was exhibited in Nature Reserves, show at GV Art gallery, London and curated by Tom Jeffreys and in the Festival Sidération 2015 curated by Gerard Azoulay, Paris.

It is developped in 2015 as part of a hors les murs artist in residency at Observatoire de l'Espace at CNES, Paris.

Pencil on Paper, 56/56cm, 2013
After Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter : Pencil on Paper, 56/56cm, 2013

Pencil on Paper, 56/56cm, 2013
After Soviet Luna 3 mission_: Pencil on Paper, 56/56cm, 2013

Pencil on Paper, 56/56cm, 2013
After J W Draper_: Pencil on Paper, 56/56cm, 2013

Pencil on Paper, 56/56cm, 2013
After Galileo_: Pencil on Paper, 56/56cm, 2013

Pencil on Paper, 56/56cm, 2013
After a Pareidolia_: Pencil on Paper, 56/56cm, 2013