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Celestial spectacles

 What can a human being see in the starry sky? What feelings are born to each one of us when observing constellations named after myths, animals, curious creatures and strange machinery? How do all these paradoxes work in our imagination?

 -Perhaps the celestial dome looks like a huge backdrop where dozens of performances, related to the whole history of civilizations take place and unfold it’s selves...

 The ancient awe for the night sky, combined with the wonder of what lies in the infinite universe, triggers to the present day the imagination and the scientific evolution in favor of the exploration, a word identical to the spirit of man. These two components have created the need for systematic observation of the astral bodies for thousands of years.

 The organization of the separate astral groups was defined by the shapes created by the brightest stars when we see them from Earth. From the beginning of human history, people saw in these shapes forms of heroes and deities, representations of myths, fantastic and nonfantastic beings or animals of our natural world, geological features such as rivers and many times machines or objects of survival. The earliest constellations were defined by the Mesopotamian civilizations and continued by the Egyptians and the Greeks, who delivered almost all the constellations of the northern hemisphere as we know them today (eg, Hipparchus, Claudius Ptolemy and others) or facilitation of their way of life. Instead, constellations of the southern hemisphere began to be recorded and named in the 15th century by European seafarers, so we often see names of sailing or exotic animals.

 Since 1930, the International Astronomical Association has officially recognized 88 constellations with clearly defined boundaries.

 This series of works has to do with a particular observation and parallelism of constellations. By studying the names of the 88 constellations, one can identify different sub-themes related to the names. All the works are motived by constellations. Constellations concerning mythical faces and situations of different cultures, constellations concerning living beings of the natural world (animals, birds, etc.) and others related to objects (pyxis, pump, etc.). There are also works with constellations of earth or marine scenarios. All this "technocratic" and historical logic is parallel to a more free and imaginative logic of the "Astral Theater". In this, under the moon's directing light, the celestial vault is transformed into an immense setting where inside it are animated various events and performances.

 Work still in progress…

Maritime scenarios

Aquarium. Etching, 33 x 19.5 cm,
Featured water themed constellations such as the dorado, cancer, aquarius, flying fish (volans), pisces , piscis austrinus and delphinus.
Tide. Ηand coloured etching 17,5 x 22cm.
Featured the constellations of capricorn, southern cross, rectum, scuticulum and musca
Astro-naut's memorabilia. Etching, 23 x 23 cm, 2018
Featurred the constellations of sextans, octans, circinus, norma, triangulum, pixys, horologium, carina, puppis, vela, monoceros, telescopium

Mythical scenarios

Andromedae, Cetus, Perseus. Ethcing, aquatint. 8,3 x 17,5 cm.

Natural world scenarios

Draco et Lacerta. Etching, aquatint, burin. 15 x 18 cm.
Canis major, Camilopardalis, Grus. Etching, aquatint. 7,5 x 16,3 cm, 8,3 x 17,5 cm.
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