SAGAN DRUYAN 1, 2012, solid maple sphere carved and embedded with hand embroidered beads, pearls, sequins, and poms, 12 x 12 inches

SAGAN DRUYAN 1, 2012, solid maple sphere carved and embedded with hand embroidered beads, pearls, sequins, and poms, 12 x 12 inches

LOVE IN INTERSTELLAR SPACE

In 1977, two NASA spacecrafts, Voyagers I and II, were launched into space. Both Voyagers contained the Golden Record, an actual phonographic recording, intended for any extraterrestrial life forms that may one day intercept the craft. The Golden Record contains a collection of images and sounds that represent life on Earth. This project was created for NASA by a team of people led by Dr Carl Sagan.

Both Voyagers are still intact and are about to leave our solar system.

This body of work was inspired by one specific message contained in the Golden Record. Ann Druyan, the creative director of the project, and Dr. Carl Sagan, fell deeply in love while working on the Golden Record.  They eventually married, and were together until his death in 1996. Included on the Golden Record is a recording of Ann’s actual brain waves, which were made in the early days when she was falling in love with Dr. Carl Sagan.

…I had asked Carl whether or not it would be possible to compress the impulses in one’s brain and nervous system into sound, and then put that sound on the record, and then think that perhaps the extraterrestrials of the future would be able to reconstitute that data into thought. And he looked at me in - a beautiful May day in New York City, and said well, you know, why don’t you go do it and - because who knows…what’s possible in a thousand-million years?

This series is a visual representation of what I believe those brain waves, saturated with love, may look like, traveling at 35,000 miles an hour, as they leave our solar system for the “great, wide-open sea of interstellar space.”

* On September 12, 2013, NASA officially confirmed that Voyager 1 had reached interstellar space.