Cosmologies

When I was 7 years old, my father bought me a package of stick-on, glow in the dark stars. We followed the guide, and recreated the most noticeable constellations of the Milky Way on my walls. For a child in the suburbs of Toronto, it was the closest thing I was going to get to actually seeing the stars at night. Since then, I must admit that the stars have fascinated me; not so much the physics of it all, but the cartography, the cosmography, the myth and legend associated with humans' natural inclination to look up and interpret what they see.

Cosmologies is inspired by this childish wonder, and my love of languages. It marries my interest in calligraphy with my curiosity about the names and systems peoples around the world apply to the stars and the planets, and how they make sense of the world around them. 

太阳
太阳

Sun Chinese/Manchu planet astronomy ink acrylic sketch language art

ئاسوومانانی کوردی
ئاسوومانانی کوردی

Solar System (Kurdish) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

ᐅᓪᓗᕆᐊᖅ ᐊᓇᕐᐴᖅ
ᐅᓪᓗᕆᐊᖅ ᐊᓇᕐᐴᖅ

Ulluriaq anarpuuq/The stars are shitting (a meteor shower) (Inuktitut) Planet astronomy ink acrylic sketch language art

ᏧᏡᏓ
ᏧᏡᏓ

Tsuquida/Jupiter (Cherokee) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

ᎡᎶᎯ
ᎡᎶᎯ

Elohi/Earth (Cherokee) Planet astronomy ink acrylic sketch language art

ⴰⵎⴰⴹⴰⵍ
ⴰⵎⴰⴹⴰⵍ

Universe (Tamazight) Planet astronomy ink acrylic sketch language art

Manchu Cosmos
Manchu Cosmos

Solar System (Manchu) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

מערכת השמש
מערכת השמש

Solar System (Hebrew) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

ᏅᏓᏒᎫᎯ
ᏅᏓᏒᎫᎯ

Nvdasvgehi/The Sun

銅の星
銅の星

Copper Star Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

მზის სისტემა
მზის სისტემა

Solar System (Georgian) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

An Grianchóras
An Grianchóras

The Solar System (Irish) planet astronomy ink acrylic sketch language art

ⵉⵜⵔⴰⵏ
ⵉⵜⵔⴰⵏ

Itran/Stars (Tamazight) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

ᐊᒐᐦᑯᐢ
ᐊᒐᐦᑯᐢ

Acâhkos/Star (Ojibwe) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

ηλιακό σύστημα
ηλιακό σύστημα

Solar System (Greek) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

ᏧᏡᏓ
ᏧᏡᏓ

Tsuquida/Jupiter (Cherokee) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

황수자리
황수자리

The Constellation Taurus (Korean) Planet astronomy ink acrylic sketch language art

ᏧᏁᎵᏁ
ᏧᏁᎵᏁ

Tsuneline/Neptune (Cherokee) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

태양계
태양계

Solar System (Korean) Planet astronomy ink acrylic sketch language art

ܟܘ̈ܟܒܐ
ܟܘ̈ܟܒܐ

The Planets (Syriac)

宇宙
宇宙

Chinese cosmos planet astronomy ink acrylic sketch language art

الشمس والارض
الشمس والارض

Sun and Earth (Arabic) Planet astronomy ink acrylic sketch language art

الكون
الكون

The Universe (Arabic) Planet astronomy ink acrylic sketch language art

տիեզերք
տիեզերք

Solar System (Armenian) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

月相
月相

Phases of the Moon (Japanese) Planet astronomy ink acrylic sketch language art

ᎹᏓᏢ
ᎹᏓᏢ

Madali/Mercury (Cherokee) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

天文学
天文学

Astronomy (Japanese) Planet astronomy ink acrylic sketch language art

ᎦᏢᏉᎩᏁ
ᎦᏢᏉᎩᏁ

Galiquogine/Uranus (Cherokee) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art

ᏌᏓᏂ
ᏌᏓᏂ

Sadani/Saturn (Cherokee) Planet astronomy ink acrylic sketch language art

ᎹᏏ
ᎹᏏ

Masi/Mars (Cherokee) Planet astronomy ink marker sketch language art