Vija Celmins – Images of Space

I’ve been looking round for artists who look at space differently from the majority of space/astro art. A lot of space art is heavily inspired by the film industry or by more scientific illustration and this is reflected in the sort of  images that they produce.

This is where I saw stumbled across a series of picutres by Vija Celmins. She has deliberately made these images almost abstract with no major landmarks to allow the viewer to orientate themsleves.

To really appreciate these images requires more than a passing glance. They need to be carefully studied over a period of time for all the details to be fully taken in.

It’s interesting to see a more contemplative approach to space.


2 thoughts on “Vija Celmins – Images of Space

  1. What a great post! I love the pictures and I think you’re completely right. People (including myself) usually make what we think space should look like based on what we’ve seen others make it look like. If we were to actually turn our eyes to the sky, we wouldn’t see half the things we draw. Doesn’t mean it’s bad, just means it’s art.

    Either way, it’s nice to see someone step back and take a look at what’s really out there and share THAT with us for a change.

  2. I agree that a lot of space artists do indeed work from their imaginations but they are often depicting objcts and scenes that we are currently unable to observe. Entirely necassary 🙂

    It’s been very interesting finding artists who use space imagery but aren’t space artists. I wanted to see what a fine artist would make of this sort of material.

    I was recommend Celmins by one of my tutors at uni and really took to her work. I’ve been using some of the same media (though I admit in a different way) as well as being inspired by her approach. I understand she works dirrectly from photos that she painstakingly reproduces in her works. The result are images about what we can actually see. They’re so calm, it’s ike the pictoral version of a zen garden.

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