Carl Sagan famously wrote, ‘All of the rocky and metallic material we stand on, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth, the carbon in our genes were produced billions of years ago in the interior of a red giant star. We are made of star-stuff.’
The cosmos surrounds us; the cosmos exists within us. We live each day within an unseen symbiotic relationship between our immediate worlds (the body) and the wider influence of the universe encompassing our planet. And this intangible connection translates to the visual world through the similarities in imagery looking out into space and peering into human biology.
‘Cosmos’ is at its core an exhibition about our placement within the far-flung natural world. The 2019 show brings together 17 artists exploring the macro and micro, outer space and the human body, and blurred the lines between the two. The exhibition runs at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (Oxford) from 6 June – 31 August, then moves to the South Street Gallery at the Churchill Hospital (Oxford) from 31 August – 12 October.
Curators: Jill Mueller, Martha Gray, Natasha Sabatini
Artists: Steven Barritt, Louise Beer, Amy Bonsor, Jenny Duff, Alice Sheppard Fidler, Martha Gray, Katy Hammond, Jane Higgenbottom, Deborah Humm, Marion Kuit, Julie Light, Cameron Lings, David Lunt, Daiane Medeiros, Jill Mueller, Sonya Robinson, Dominic Smith