Greater Than You Can Possibly Imagine
tintype, engraved mirror, pine
8.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 in
Greater Than You Can Possibly Imagine features GN-z11, the most distant object known to humankind. Our collective awareness of this unimaginably enormous entity amounts to a pixelated blur. All we can sense of it is a sort of a visual record of its aura, a rough outline, from the unimaginably distant past. When I first read about GN-z11 as a young lady in 2011, I sensed some kind of uncanny and poetic analogy to my own nebulous perception of my future at the time. I felt a profound and overwhelming unknowingness about the great unknown and all its unclear yet present properties.
Something about the existence of our awareness of GN-z11 stirs feelings of connection to a time continuum, where a connection between the past, present, and future appears stronger and more relevant than what registers to our current everyday awareness. The inclusion of a mirror, a real-time depiction of the viewer's present, within a tableau of various historical and futuristic references, was arranged with the hope of functioning as a friendly reminder of how we all exist in connection to a context that is greatly larger than ourselves.