This series of collages is an attempt to recreate the first photographic atlas of the milky way by the astronomer E. E. Bernard (1927). These observational “drawings” resemble photographic star maps from a distance, but a close-up the fragments of printed photographic images of archeological sites, historical photographs, and famous geographic sites become visible. My interest is in the perceptual experience of looking, and in this case looking at the Milky Way. I’m interested in the two divergent reactions to looking at the night sky—one of seeing ourselves up there in the stories and myths of constellations, and the other of seeing scientific fact, the milky way as a physical “outer” space.
 

The Milky Way
Selena Kimball The Milky Way
Selena Kimball The Milky Way

Selena Kimball The Milky Way
Selena Kimball The Milky Way

Selena Kimball The Milky Way
Selena Kimball The Milky Way

Selena Kimball The Milky Way
Selena Kimball The Milky Way

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