Ancient Darkness

16.5” x 16.5” aluminum panel, aerospace carbon black paint

A mistake is made when trying to map an uncharted area in deep space that was expected to reveal the early universe shortly after the Big Bang. In this image it was anticipated that a portrait of the first hydrogen clouds that eventually formed galaxies and stars would be revealed. Instead, not a single photon is collected during a 20 day exposure, and results in an image of darkness from 13.5 billion years ago. In this iteration of that image the same black paint used to cover the interiors of the apertures aboard satellites, space shuttles, and rovers is used to render a black monochrome that the original camera was incapable of accurately producing.