Marsi Van De Heuvel

February 7, 2015 - April 4, 2015

Marsi is an artist living and working in Cape Town, South Africa.  She is currently represented by Smith Studio. 

“I’ve had an interest in Space for as long as I can remember. I started collecting books on the theme, and made my first drawings of The Northern Sky and The Southern Sky about two years ago. Before I knew it, I was drawing every constellation, and the Earth, Sun, and Moon. Space consumed me.

Each pen stroke in my work is deliberately used to map out a representation of something infinitely bigger. It takes about two hours to draw a ten-centimeter square, at a rate of about seven strokes per second. The largest drawing I’ve done to date in this technique, is Omega Centauri, the brightest star cluster in our galaxy. It took two months to complete.

The vastness of space helps me to put some perspective to our significance. Creating this work also showed me how extraordinary our home planet is – it is an oasis in a beautiful but hostile never-ending desert. The idea of Space perpetually engages me as there is always more to explore – it’s intangible and romantic, and reveals my unrequited love for a remarkable unemotional expanse of darkness.”

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