Katie Patterson’s Totality


To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the council of Arts which coincidentally clashed with the 500th anniversary of Utopia, Somerset house in collaboration with the art council introduced eight new commissions on display at the house. One of which was Kate Patterson’s Totality.

Katie Paterson’s  totality comprises of  images of nearly every solar eclipse that’s been documented by humankind; through drawings and since photography began, including the oldest solar eclipse drawings from hundreds of years ago, and the earliest 19th-century photographs, to images from the most technological advanced telescopes now.(This woman is Queer!)


Her work is on display as a mirror ball with two illuminating lights. You can never miss it when you see it. it’s like entering the moon for a minute. I wonder how she came about all the images and pictures.

The commission is part of Somerset House’s Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility


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