December 3 – January 3, 2015
moOning Scratch | Karley Sullivan
Saturday, December 13 | 7 – 10 pm
One night on the other side of the world in a strange and pulsing concrete jungle, I realized that I had not seen the moon in months. The buildings and lights had blocked my view of the night sky. When I found her again, there was such a profound sense of both grounding and expansion that this muse of all muses became my own. MoOning.Scratch is born of this impulse, and explores intersections of mythology, science, and the artist’s touch. There is not one moon, but many – each cycling through space with its own individual tilt and gravitational pressures. Each planetary satellite has stories associated with its name and discovery; many are called after Greek Goddesses, some for Inuit spectors, and still others carry monikers associated with legendary adventure stories or Shakespearean tales. I have visited each named moon of our solar system – following an intuitive path through google, wikipedia, and my own interpretation of what has been found.
MoOning.Scratch is a drawing for each of the 146 named moons of our solar system. I chose scratchboard as the medium due to its tactile qualities, contrast, and layers. Each panel is coated in a layer of chalk and then india ink which is then scratched into with a stylus. Many of the obscure moons have never been photographed; in these cases I used images of asteroids, diagrams, or space to represent the unseen satellites. It was important that the artist’s hand be present – and for the mark-marking and methodology to reflect upon technical labor and the potential for slippage present in systems of knowledge.