The ‘Wanderer’ series of photographs (first created as a result of my time on the ‘Ancient Materials’ arts-science virtual residency) attempts to visualise the ancient asteroids and comets of our early solar system. The residency theme brought to mind a chapter from ‘Origins; Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution’, written by Neil deGrasse Tyson & Donald Goldsmith. In this chapter, the possibilities of how the early asteroids of our solar system brought new elements and molecules (including water molecules in the form of ice) to early earth are explored and may have a role to play in the kick-start of life on our planet.
Taking inspiration from this hypothesis, ‘Wanderer’ attempts to visualise those early travelers of the cosmos while simultaneously touching upon our connection through materials and atomic elements to the heavens. Through the use of found rocks on the surfaces which we walk up and down going about our everyday lives, the work concurrently connects ourselves and the planet to those ancient times as well as serving as a reminder that we are still deeply connected to the life cycles of the cosmos.