working artists


Marte Newcombe
Greg Shirah
Antje Kharchi
Nancy Palmer

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artist statement | technical statement | process

artist statement
The idea behind Ascension and Scorpion sprang from an exhibition proposal called Art From Science. I have been working with satellite imagery over the past four years in my job as a visualization artist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. I wanted to incorporate both the satellite images and the scientific diagrams associated with them, as well as my art made outside of this context. I invited three other artists to participate in a collaborative process for the exhibition. Their role was to contribute their own art. I worked with the scientific images and artwork contributed by my collaborators as a starting point to the compositions.

The challenge was to integrate very diverse media into something which would be a unified whole. In Ascension I really had no pre-conceived idea as to where the elements I was working with would take me. As the composition progressed I began to see things forming which gave me new ideas to pursue, such as the ambiguity of scale and the interplay between abstraction and reality.

In Scorpion my initial idea was juxtapose two disparate elements; desert and ice. I began by using images of the Sahara and Siberia, to which I added a series of mathematically created images by Greg Shirah. The idea began to evolve that both desert and ice were hostile elements for survival, which was reinforced by the addition of Greg's surrealistic and alien-looking artwork.