Objects in the Field
14 February - 21 March 2014
Sophy Rickett's most recent body of work, Objects in the Field, was made during her time as Artist Associate at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, and develops the artist's interest in the role of the camera as a mediator between people and the natural world, exploring how light and darkness define and articulate our relationship to space.
Through the project, Rickett examines the legacy of some now obsolete astrophysical research conducted in the 1980s and constructs or re-imagines a set of different narrative voices that are at times contradictory, or at odds with each other. Appropriating the lexicon used by astronomers and astrophysicists who refer to stars as 'objects' and to the sky as 'the field', Objects in the Field consists of several series of photographs, a monitor-based video and a text. Each work reflects upon the artist's encounter with Dr Roderick Willstrop, a retired astronomer physicist, associated with the Institute of Astronomy since 1965.