Work from the Alice Springs Project
Big e
learn/yeats&co [Beth Learn]

Big e, Search for Life on Mars, alice springs project by Beth Learn [learn/yeats & co]

Big e [1992]
by Beth Learn
Xerox photocomposite; orig. abt. 8"x10"; digitized print abt. 8"x10"[1994].

The picture exists as a series of layers or overlays as follows: Layer 1 - An enlarged black/white photograph of a glass slide on which watercolor was dropped and dried in 1981; Layer 2 - Black/white Xerox transparency of notes from the eti-bet study in the Alice Springs Project, published as a report in Cabaret Vert Magazine 1992. The term "Nigerian Sea" was borrowed from a dream which occurred shortly before the watercolor slides were made in 1981. In this dream I looked down over a cliff and saw below a beautiful emerald green sea and white beach. The voice said "That's the Nigerian Sea".

A large scale version of Big e was exhibited in theLanguageshow at A Space Gallery in 1994.

The Search for Life on Mars was sponsored in part by a Venture Grant from the Ontario Arts' Council for which I am grateful.

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