ISS 0014

2016

Mir, Aleksandra
Aleksandra Mir creates investigative, socially engaged works that take on a multitude of forms, from site-specific pieces that require public participation, to two-dimensional collage, large-scale drawings and printed items. Mir’s project Space Tapestry – inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and the anonymous artists who depicted Halley’s Comet in 1066 – consists of a large-scale handdrawn monochrome wall-hanging and a series of 35 drawings of the International Space Station (ISS) captured in various stages of deterioration. To create these drawings, Mir sourced images of the Space Station online and reworked them on a computer. After enlarging the images, she laboriously traced their shape by hand, making small marks with her chosen medium, the Sharpie, which she has called a ‘fast, democratic’ tool. Over the past three years Mir has formed relationships with academics and professionals in the space industry. She believes that finally, after a period of long reluctance, ‘science and art are again converging.’
  • Artwork Details: 70 x 100cm
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  • Material description: Fibre-tipped pen on paper
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Drawing
  • Accession number: ACC22/2016

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