A History of Angels
A History of Angels
graphite on acrylic ground on paper
50 1/4 in. x 62 in.
2013

For the Hebrews, the concepts of angel and star merged effortlessly…This equivalency between stars and angels…strikes me as beautiful; it is among the distinction of the Hebrews that they vitalized the astral bodies with souls, exalting their brilliance into life.

- Jorge Luis Borges, A History of Angels

In 1977 NASA launched Voyager 1, a spacecraft that gave scientists up-close looks at Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. After completing its primary mission, it traveled an additional 12 billion miles, well beyond the orbit of Pluto. On September 12, 2013, it was officially reported that Voyager 1 had left the solar system and entered into Interstellar Space. This is the area in a galaxy that is between the stars. It is estimated that it would take approximately 40,000 years before Voyager 1 would reach another planetary system. It is expected to be inoperable by 2025.

Standing in the wake of Voyager 1, I've been considering the implications of my practice as it moves along the scope of an infinite backdrop. Knowing that a spaceship has surpassed limits I thought could never be reached, to draw the stars is to come to an understanding of my own limitations, and to make myself aware of the potential inconsequence of my work. Measuring the meaning of my gestures demands that I focus on the point where my own personal narrative does not drift into insignificance but becomes a matter of secondary importance.