MOSSBALL - A MEDITATION ON THE OVERVIEW EFFECT, 2018


Mixed media installation of four components:
Globe: inkjet on sintra,
Sputnik: brass and resin,
Raggio: gilded wood, resin and mirror,
Ray: brass and monofilament.
Globe element: 84 inches, dia.
Brass rod: length variable
Published by Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art, NYC

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Statement


Astronauts orbiting the Earth have been to known to experience what’s been called “The Overview Effect”—a cognitive shift toward hyper-awareness of the fragility and beauty of our planet. E.V. Day’s MossBall - A Meditation on the Overview Effect is from a larger body of work commenced during the year she spent in Italy as a Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts at The American Academy in Rome. Artworks in the series mine resonances between the neuropsychology of space travelers, Italian-Renaissance annunciation paintings, the sculpted golden rays (raggio) from Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s masterpiece The Ecstasy of St. Teresa, and the radio-wave telemetry of Sputnik-1.