Terra Incognita

“Terra Incognita”, unknown land, is the phrase common on old maps to mark an area as unexplored. Lands beyond the bounds of the known world tantalized the imaginations of ancient scholars, inspiring visions of a lush empire.

 This work incorporates maps of the world and scientific devices from the Italian Renaissance period that represented the birth of the scientific revolution. The exquisite craftsmanship and beauty of instruments investigating laws of motion, astronomy, time and navigation opened doors to another era.

 The images are assembled from photographs made during a visit to Italy and the Galileo Museo in Florence. The resulting collages have been printed with archival inks onto transparency film and transferred onto 1 ½” cradled birch boards.