Laying the groundwork for many series of work to come, Relative Size is the first instance in which Bouvier experimented with using scientific vocabulary of framing sections with geometric elements to either reveal a microscopic/macroscopic view or to draw the viewer’s attention to particularly interesting parts of the image. An analogue way to use the ‘zoom’ function, this tactic draws the spectator’s attention in, sensationalizing the image and encouraging a deeper, more engaged way of looking. In these works, Bouvier creates fictional narratives: is there something else behind the lines? What are we encouraged to look at, and what information do we find? The drawing technique itself is exemplary of Bouvier’s graphic stye, which is inspired by astronomical spectroscopy; a technique which uses the measurement of wavelengths to understand the composition of stars.