Skylab: Kepler’s Dream | Felicity Spear: Somnium iii — 2016 (digital inkjet print)
Shifting Boundaries 2013
(Oil on canvas)
Working with a range of media Spear's art practice has evolved through interests in history and art-historical images, optical phenomena, light and space, mapping and abstraction, and the relationship between the natural and constructed world as they are revealed through art and science and the mechanics of image capture.
The Sky Lab Project
The cultures and technologies associated with sky-situated knowledge are increasingly entering the public purview as we are looking beyond our planet to speculate about cosmic signs in our everyday world, the relationship between Earth and sky, and our future and place in the universe. The author and astronomer John Barrow has written:
We feel like the Universe’s only child and that has many consequences.
In 2009 Felicity Spear curated the first Sky Lab exhibition to coincide with the International Year of Astronomy. Since then she has developed the Project with a core group of artists and the addition of invited artists for further iterations of Sky Lab.
- 2009 / Sky Lab / Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
- 2011 / Sky Lab: from where you stand / Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
- 2013 / Sky Lab / Latrobe Regional Gallery Morwell, Victoria
- 2015 / Sky Lab: lines of sight & forces of attraction / Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, Melbourne
- 2016 / Sky Lab: Kepler’s Dream / La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre Bendigo, Victoria
Orbit: The Kepler Suite
Images from Felicity Spear Orbit: The Kepler Suite 2016 (paint, ink and pencil on paper)