In 1977 NASA launched Voyager 1, a spacecraft that was intended to give 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 have to ask what it means to participate in a story that I did not write but have entered into. And therefore, I have to consider the implications of my studio practice as it moves along the scope of an infinite backdrop. Knowing that a spacecraft 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. For me, this has begun to establish a posture of humility rather than cynicism. Measuring the meaning of my gestures requires focusing on the point where my own personal narrative does not drift into insignificance but becomes a matter of secondary importance.
Collection of the North Dakota Museum of Art