ARTIST STATEMENT

Opposition effect (fig. 1) can be described as the brightening of a rough surface when illuminated from directly behind the observer, and is a noticeable phenomenon in photographs and videos taken on the lunar surface. The presence of this subtle optical distortion is at least partly to blame for conspiracy theories claiming that the Apollo moon landings were actually fictitious productions created in a film studio. My work engages with the language of delusion and speculation in opening up spaces where imagination and perception become tactile and fluid. I make devices and environments that explore the materiality of glass as existing between the invisible world and the physical one, and investigate interconnected systems of observation, intuition and understanding. The duality of glass as both a natural and a technological substance allows me to build situations and sensory experiences that playfully reinterpret the various ways that we construct reality. I am curious about places where experimental attitudes and do-it-yourself ethos come together to foster new kinds of knowledge, envision possible futures and dispute established notions and categories. Translation and transformation are important aspects of a process that co-opts common materials and structures and searches for potential in familiar objects. Through devising absurd systems and exuberant environments, I seek to simultaneously embrace and question our innate curiosity and stubborn artificiality.

 Fig. 1, Gnomon - Apollo 17 landing site, 1972

Fig. 1, Gnomon - Apollo 17 landing site, 1972