Imaginary Constants layers transparent images of known celestial bodies to conjure alien ones. For my project Satellite Hand, I spent four years drawing the moons of our solar system, using found photographs sourced from cursory internet searches of the planetary satellites as reference images. The power of the images to catch my eye was the primary criterion for selection. I had to like, enjoy, appreciate, the images as pictures. As that project came to its close I began to make these digital composites with the collected source imagery.
In mathematics, a constant is a number that can be clearly defined. In the process of speculation, like in art and play, precise definition simply can not be the guiding principle. Astronomy, which strives for objective precision, is born of conjecture - it began with the hunch that more could be revealed. Drawing from these wall-eyed, yet enmeshed axioms, Imaginary Constants are visualizations of what can be imagined with the information at hand.