"Desert-Galaxy" (1974)

"Desert-Galaxy," 1974
Graphite on acrylic ground on paper, 17 1/2 x 38 inches
Collection of the artist
Courtesy McKee Gallery, New York

"It’s like a double vision pushed into one. It really has no meaning. These images just float through from my life; they have no symbolic meaning. Generally, I think I pick images that are already surfaces and I put them on another surface and I hope what happens is that there is a kind of double awareness. You realize when you’re looking at it that the reality is that the work in front of you has been ‘made,’ and it has flatness and image. Image...but the image is like a ghost of something remembered. It’s not so illusionistic. It’s made very concrete."

- Vija Celmins