Orbital Opalescence

Orbital Opalescence

Ruby Pluhar

This durational work combines light, colour and motion through the capturing of a projected image on to water by sun passing through a Plexiglas print. Therefore this piece firstly values “Self-Direction” by the creative curiosity given whilst experimenting with materials out on the field in alternative ways, working directly out in the landscape allowing this piece to form freely. It secondly considers the value “Humanity” as the image, of the body in water, is liberated in its inner harmony and unity with nature. This is shown by the elemental relationship of the image with the wind and water, bringing a new cosmic consciousness to it. The figure is very active by the effects of the weather, it appears to be in a state of drowning when the winds hit but then rises to the surface when it calms. Through the surrounding darkness around the projection, it appears as if the figure is floating in ephemeral space. Through research in to the first space photography taken by the “Voyager ” spacecraft expedition beginning in 1977, which took the first imagery of planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. I was drawn to bring a similar effect as when the voyager was nearing a planet and taking an image every couple of minutes. It gives the feeling of the body orbiting in space as a celestial being on its own path, moving closer and closer to the viewer. I hope to bring awareness to the viewer of the human connection to the cosmos and how the microcosm is reflected in to the macrocosm.

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