Art & Design © Nicole Santucci 2010 - 2019

Lunar and Martian Landscapes

intaglio prints
8" x 10"
editions of 5
2014

Lunar and Martian Landscapes features etchings of extraterrestrial landscapes almost completely void of human trace. The works are rendered in a style that the prints that resulted from the Powell Survey (1869 and 1871), which served as some of the first widely distributed imagery of the landscapes of the American West, which was then best known as mysterious terra incognita, or the unmapped and largely unseen Great American Desert. All source imagery originated from the NASA image archive, and irregular edges were preserved in order to highlight a puzzling truth: the way in which we access uncharted territory has greatly changed, yet the landscapes themselves appear to remain timeless.

From the body of work Go West and Conquer All Above You, which addresses the romanticism surrounding exploration, landscapes void of civilization, and the human tendency to organize geography. It specifically considers the efforts of contemporary space programs and the likely sites for extra-terrestrial expansion in relation to the mindset and attitude of American pioneers and the westward expansion of the United States. The exhibition intends to encourage viewers to consider how romanticism of untouched landscapes can ultimately lead to the negation of the wildness that was initially attractive.

Made in collaboration with Lee Cody