Damselfly nebula, 2018
Pigment ink jet print on archival rag paper. Image 111 x 104 cm. Edition of one + artist’s proof
This inkjet print on rag paper reiterates a camera-less plein air silver gelatin film photogram. It records the shadows of winged invertebrates attracted to the light of an ultraviolet lamp installed on the dry salt-bed of Lake Tyrrell in the Victorian Mallee. Like a starry nebula, the swarm of insects orbits the light. This playful analogy between tiny lives and the heavens attends to the importance of scale in everything we perceive. Like the size of a damselfly relative to a nebula. Or, like the simple external appearance of an insect compared to the intricacies of its biochemistry, evolutionary history or ecological role. Perspective conferred by a sense of scale also brings into focus our failure to accept the nature and constraints of the global biosphere. Stranded in the falsely-scaled hubris of anthropic domination, our collective trajectory appears to be towards an ever-deepening ecological crisis.
Damselfly nebula reiterates a film from the associated projects Animal Spirits (films) and Animal Spirits (scans).