At the Royal Observatory of Brussels, a drawing of the Sun is sketched by hand every single day to follow the progression of sunspots. Based on this daily scientific practice, Ash Light takes its cue from the Sun's mysterious multi-faceted surface, represented here by a radiant element which evokes both sun and moon; a celestial body in perpetual motion and mutation. The mathematical space of the grid in the background and varying spectral colours convey the scientific spirit, while on the foreground a dynamic repetition unfolds, highlighting the importance and value of hand-drawn sketches in a society where these processes have largely been taken over by technologically driven applications. Ash Light (Lumière Cendrée in French), is an astronomical term for the dim illumination caused by the sunlight that reflects off a planet's surface and onto the otherwise dark side of a moon in its orbit - or in our case: earthshine.
The title directly opens up to the myths and narratives which have always surrounded the Sun and Moon; the flame of life and the ashes of death.
Eight Minutes Ago, curated by Marie Papazoglou, Greylight Projects Brussels, 2019