Scatter
2018
acrylic and pencil on digital black
3 x 6 feet


Scatter is a large-scale multimedia work created on top of an altered and enlarged digital print of a page from the Atlas Eclipticalis (1958), a codex of star charts by Czech astronomer Antonín Bečvář. I developed the drawing with white pencil and acrylic paint. The underlying star chart serves as an inner infrastructure, a scaffold for the line work to build upon. Each point of light is a graphic anchor.

As with my explorations of notation in weaving and music, this work comes from a many-year investigation into looking at, and working with, terrestrial and celestial maps. I see a relationship between the role of maps and the draft notation or musical score. Each visual diagram contains both a graphic and geographic life. Transcending language, they record and catalog information. They serve as instructional blueprints capable of dissemination, translation and interpretation. Each reflects a layered network of connectivity.