Hey, Mars fans! Take a look at Eva Stenram’s Per Pulverem Ad Astra

Per Pulverem Ad Astra

Thanks to NASA’s successful (and utterly awesome – in the traditional sense of the word) landing of the Mars Curiosity rover, pictures of Mars have been high on my agenda this week.

Irritatingly the same is true of everyone else so, in case you find yourself waiting for pictures from the rover’s Twitter account to load while everyone else EVER takes a look, here are a few excerpts from Per Pulverem Ad Astra by Eva Stenram – a series of artworks involving images of the Red Planet.

The title literally translates as “through dust to the stars” and describes the process of creating the work as well as invoking more poetic interpretations of the phrase.

For each print Eva made negatives from NASA’s digital images of Mars and left them to gather dust in and around her flat. The resulting accumulations of dust and hair and debris then take their place as part of the final printed image, as smudges and blobs and strange tumbleweedy splotches.

According to Eva’s website:

“The resulting marked image is a combination of extreme distance and extreme proximity, a simultaneous gravitational pull towards the earth, to the dust around – and by extension, towards death – and a pull upwards, into space, away from the earth, towards the attraction, both physical and fantastical, of Mars.”

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