What She Knew is an ongoing series of surveys of the sky. Inspired by antique planispheres, I have been drawing my own large scale celestial maps since 2016. My maps differ greatly in level of abstraction. Some contain only coordinate systems with constellation boundaries, others contain detailed mapping of stars visible to the naked eye, nebulae, star clusters, galaxies etc. 

What She Knew (VI & VII) map the sky over the northern and southern hemisphere. It symbolises a particular moment in time and space when my thoughts and feelings were different from what they are now. My maps are systematic, concrete and fixed, while simultaneously representing remote and intimate realities, in perpetual motion and flux. 


100 x 100 cm

Graphite, colored pencil

and acrylic paint on paper

Installation view and details from the

exhibition Mazes, Nebulae, Sedimentations, 2017, House of Foundation, Moss (NO).

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