Installation: 2 x lightboxes, 2 x inkjet prints, 4 x CRT monitors, video loop w sync, chrome plated tools, heavy duty magnet.
"I realized ...that we'd have two floating objects, one of which would be me... " - NASA astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-PiperA tool bag was lost in space. The bag weighed about 30 pounds (14 kg) and was about the size of a small backpack.It contained grease guns, trash bags and a scraper tool. Months after it orbited ever closer to Earth, it re-entered the atmosphere and burned up. Former NASA astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper lost the bag during a spacewalk repair mission on the International Space Station (ISS) as part of NASA's STS-126 shuttle mission in 2009. The bag drifted out of reach due to a faulty grease gun.This installation envisions a dream state decent of tools separated from the bag. Before they meet their firey end, the abandoned tools take on new life in foreign terrain, detailing a journey though light and electromagentic energy. Chrome plated calling cards with hieroglyphic logos, detail the tools' former agency as they transition from tool to artifact. They cross section with other orbiting particles in space, make land contact, excavate around them, and graze collision. From invention to accident, the object mirrors its circumstance, moving as a disenchanted body through obstruction, then gone again into quiet entropic submission.