Admixtures of the Firmament
Presented here are the first pieces that I have made with pigments derived from meteorites. Some reflect my studies of the mineralogy of meteorites. Others are of nebulae and celestial scars. Still others are filled with skeletons. This advent of the human figure in my work came as a great surprise. I was not expecting to paint skeletons when I began my meteorite pieces and so when they suddenly appeared it was cause for considerable contemplation.
When a stone falls from the sky it rips a great hole in our consciousness. Stones are supposed to rest beneath our feet. When they do move, it because of a known agency: a flood, or a landslide, or we pick one up and throw it. Thus, when one falls from the sky, the psychological implications are giant, and we must work very hard to bring them into the fold of understanding. Therefore, it comes as little surprise that throughout history meteorites have become objects of worship. For instance, meteorites were placed in several churches across Europe, the Kaaba in Mecca (the most sacred site of Islam) is said to house a meteorite, and the Mocoví of Argentina gather each year at a giant iron meteorite to recount the stories of their origins. More recently, it has been theorized that life on Earth was made possible by meteorites introducing essential amino acids into the early oceans. The extinction of the dinosaurs has been determined to be the result of a giant impact on the tip of the Yucatan peninsula. And it is quite possible that life will be eradicated by the impact of a giant meteorite of one type or another, in the future
I see the meteorite as a form of memento mori—a reminder of our own tenuous hold on the planet. The skeletons composed of meteorite dust are a form of homage to the sky.