Sarah Ratchye

As the celestial realm opens further, nation states with the Baroque excess of capital and intellect necessary to move past earth’s atmosphere will continue to influence human and cosmic evolution. The drawings are inspired by space exploration, the harsh realm of outer space, and the blasted dead moonscape. I work to explore how humans might change, physically and intellectually in order to exist and thrive in outer space. The memories of earth that those initial ‘interterrestrial beings’ harbor in their bodies and brains will endow them with a dual identity, of earth and space, telluric and cosmic. To become a celestial body a human being must be changed and mutated. The mind and body must be able to adapt to vast, new, and universal sense of space, gravity, and exceptionalism. I draw reshaped and truncated imagery pushed into a collage of shifting borders and meanings. Space is pulled deep into the surface. The subject staggers, bewildered and without direction, inside multiple points of view, softened boundaries, and morphing patterns. Each work is a contemporary poem about uncertainty and aspiration toward heaven in an earth-bound visual text.

 

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