My practice is based on the natural world, and my most recent work has focused on our relationship with the remote and inaccessible, notably the cosmos.
My work seeks to embed the humanly experienced physical world into the unknowable enormity of the cosmos. It shares the central aims of science in trying to make sense of our surroundings, but focuses on an emotional and embodied response rather than a purely intellectual one.
Optical technology and scientific research increasingly allow us to glimpse the unseeable. My work reflects on these technological revelations and tries to grasp what would be unknowable without them.
The Rosetta Mission was a space probe built by the ESA launched in 2004. Along with Philae, its lander module, Rosetta performed a detailed study of comet 67P.
In 2014, the spacecraft reached and orbited the comet. Philae (the comet lander) performed the first successful landing on a comet, though its battery power ran out two days later. Despite the landing problems, the probe’s instruments obtained the first images from a comet’s surface.
Reproduced with kind permission of Sarah Duncan
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Research Theme: Extrasolar Planets