Satellite Hand explores intersections of mythology, science, and the artist’s touch. There is not one moon, but many - each cycling through space with its own individual tilt and gravitational pressures. Each planetary satellite has stories associated with its name and discovery; many are called after Greek Goddesses, some for Inuit spectors, and still others carry monikers associated with Nordic legends or Shakespearean tales. I visited each named satellites of our solar system following an intuitive path through the internet and my own interpretation of what has been found.
There are 143 scratchboard drawings, one for each named moons of our solar system. When I began this project I was working as a photographer, and looking for a way to bring together my drawing and photographic practices. Scratchboard is graphic and subtly tactile; it was the perfect matrix for merging my practices. Each panel is coated in a layer of chalk, then india ink, and scratched into with a stylus. Many of the moons have never been photographed, and in these cases I used found images of asteroids, diagrams, or space to represent the unseen satellites. It was important that the artist’s hand be present - and for the mark-marking and methodology to reflect upon meditational labor, as well as the potential for slippage present in systems of knowledge.