Lunar and Martian Landscapes
McMurdo Desk

Lunar and Martian Landscapes

intaglio prints
10 x 8 in / 8 x 10 in
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 mimics that of the prints from the Powell Survey (1869 and 1871), some of the first widely distributed imagery of the American West, which was then popularly labeled as 'Terra Incognita' and 'The Great American Desert.' The source imagery originated from the NASA image archive, and irregular cropping was preserved in order to highlight how the way in which we access uncharted territory has greatly changed, yet the landscapes themselves appear to remain timeless.

This series is part of a larger body of work titled Go West and Conquer All Above You, and it addresses the romanticism surrounding exploration and the human tendency to organize geography. It specifically considers the efforts of contemporary space programs in relation to the mindset and attitude of American pioneers of the Westward Expansion. The work was made with the hope of illuminating how an overzealous romance towards wilderness can ultimately lead to the negation of the wildness that was initially attractive. The work was made with the intention of cultivating a future which thoughtfully heeds lessons from the past.

Made in collaboration with Lee Cody

Aeolis Mons
Mare Tranquilis, near West Crater
Methuselah
Mount Sharp from Bradbury Landing
Gusev Crater
Camelot Crater
Eastern Rim of Gale Crater
Santa Maria Crater
Tracy Rock
Boulder on Low Ridge
Mount Sharp
Mount Hadley