Image source: Galaxy, 1947
To see images of it now, I can scarcely remember the first time I saw Galaxy, 1947 by Jackson Pollock hanging on a museum wall in New York.
What I do remember however and what has stayed with me all these years, is the gravel and sand the—the “space dust”—enmeshed in paint. It left an impression on me that cannot be fully explained now, but for the special connection one has with a work of art that speaks to the essence of who we are in that particular moment in time. Perhaps it was the knowledge that this painting was one of the first in his renown “drip” style—a beginning of something transformative in one’s creative process. Whatever it was, I know it was a moment in which I felt a spark of truth and clarity about my place in the universe.
And so, "Galaxy 47” was born many moons ago to represent a recollection of that moment and the others that have followed from time spent in museums, city streets, forests and mountains. It has evolved and grown as I have and today, I hope that it can be a positive endeavor that will enable others to create, experience and share little sparks of truth and joy with others.
Jackson Pollock (American, 1912–1956)
oil and aluminum paint on canvas, 43½ x 34
Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1949