Suspended in a Sunbeam / A Mote of Dust

A selection of work from my Suspended in a Sunbeam paper sculpture series and A Mote of Dust watercolour collage series. These series’ titles come from a beautiful passage in Carl Sagan's 'Pale Blue Dot', with each piece inspired by the landscapes and processes of our planet, “a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena”.


Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.


There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
Image Credit: NASA/JPL, 1996-09-12