Vija Celmins

Reverse Galaxy

About this artwork

Celmins made her first drawing of a galaxy in 1973, and during the 1980s and 1990s it became one of her principal subjects. Her work explores the natural world seen through the eyes of a lens, meticulously reproducing found photographs of oceans, galaxies, night skies and lunar surfaces in drawings, paintings and prints. Celmins’s landscapes have no horizon line or sign of life, suggesting an endless expanse of open space. This gives her work an uneasy, otherworldly quality. Close inspection of her images reveals minute, repetitious marks and the painstaking effort involved in their creation. This print is one of a series of five mezzotint prints that includes 'Falling Stars', 'Divided Night Sky', 'Dark Galaxy' and 'Web Ladder'.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Vija CelminsAmerican (born 1938)
  • title:
    Reverse Galaxy
  • date created:
    2010
  • materials:
    Etching and drypoint on paper
  • measurements:
    plate: 29.80 x 20.90 cm (paper 41.70 x 29.90 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Presented by the artist 2010
  • accession number:
    AR01157
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins