Artist’s Statement

Silent Sights artist Isral Duke

Silent Sights artist Isral Duke

The Influences

Science fiction has captured my fascination since very early in life. Exposed to the BBC’s Doctor Who in early adolescence and then having read Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land only a tiny bit later positioned me to think that science fiction is a means of considering human existence, inquiring and dreaming about it, while feeling a bit alienated by that same existence.

Later, while enrolled in college studying graphic design, I was exposed to a systematic study of abstract art. Specifically, the exposure to Suprematism and non-representational art founded my new estimation of art’s role in narrative and inquiry. It will not come as a shock that such new methods of articulating questions created changes in my own thought life. Further, I read works by C.S. Lewis, Bauhaus thinkers such as Wassily Kandinsky and others who sought to either expose or create an insight into inner meanings within art.

Since childhood and continuing on today, I appreciate all glimpses into the universe outside of our Earth afforded to us by science, modern astronomy and space exploration. I am firmly confident that there is greater life outside of this Earth.

The Creation

The collection presented here was created on an iOS device, either an iPhone 5 or an original iPad Mini. PhotoShop for Mac OSX was only used to prepare the iOS-created files for printing or sizing with regards to production requirements. The creative work was executed solely with my iOS devices.

The reader may find it appropriate that the images were all created at night, after sunset, as these are meditations upon events which occur in the darkness of space.

The Images

There are currently 31 images in Silent Sights. They appear in roughly the chronological order in which they were created.

The Words Accompanying Each Image

Each image is accompanied by a statement specific to it, a kind of micro narrative, from the alien who created the photograph in very deep space (see the Back Story).

Imagery — especially abstract art — cannot exist without textual accompaniments in the Internet age. Imagery needs text to guide it; text needs imagery to be fulfilled.