Mauna Kea: Sky Island

Artist-in-Residence at Mauna Kea observatories, Hawaii, USA 
1 – 28 November 2015

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The one-month Mauna Kea residency (following Kitt Peak in Arizona and Cerro Tololo in Chile in 2012) was a phenomenal experience, especially working with three significant observatories: Gemini (I was based in the headquarters in Hilo), Keck and Subaru . I spent hours observing the constant movement in the massive sanctuary-like structures where engineers worked tirelessly on Mauna Kea. The summit was breathtakingly beautiful and exhilarating, a ‘sky island’, towering 40% into the atmosphere at 4205 metres (13,796ft), despite the zero temperatures and low oxygen. Everything changed at sunset as a magical golden glow morphed into a deep red before darkness came. The experience of spending time in the three observatories was dramatic in every way, making it difficult to find words to describe the intensity and awe of seeing and feeling of this cosmological wonder.

Aether #1

image001 Aether @ UAL Showroom gallery, London
15 April – 5 July 2015
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Exhibiting Black Light: Eclipse with co-curators Melanie King and Louise Beer, along with Robert Bell, Jon Clair, Jared Davis, Sarah Fontais, Lauren Franklin, Jaden Hastings, David Moore, Lara Morrell and Sophy Rickett. The print sequence  traces the moon crossing the sun during an annular solar eclipse on 20 May 2012, 17:31pm to 8:38pm, at the McMath-Pierce solar telescope on Kitt Peak while artist-in-residence at NOAO, Arizona, Nine Giclee prints (30 x 24cm), edition of 10.