Vija Celmins

Jupiter Moon - Constellation

About this artwork

Celmins began experimenting with double-image prints following such double-image drawings as 'Untitled (Desert-Galaxy)' (1974), also in the ARTIST ROOMS collection. Celmins combined images from photographs she had collected which were particularly important to her. Her intense monochromatic images focus on small and individual marks in the context of vastness. The images seem fragile because they record a specific human glimpse through a telescope or camera which is ephemeral and frozen in time. This work pairs one of Jupiter’s moons with a negative image of the night sky. The sky becomes white and star formations are transformed into black markings.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Jupiter Moon - Constellation
  • date created:
    1983
  • materials:
    Mezzotint and etching on paper
  • measurements:
    Upper image: 14.60 x 19.30 cm, lower image: 12.50 x 18.50 cm; upper platemark: 15.00 x 19.50 cm, lower platemark: 12.70 x 18.70 cm (paper 60.00 x 47.20 cm) (framed: 63.00 x 51.00 x 3.70 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00481
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins