Metallographic Cosmos is a 1,400 square foot floor-to-ceiling wall print located on the first floor of Hall D in the George R. Brown convention center. It works within the themes of space exploration and discovery, as well as the oil and gas industry that characterizes Houston. I utilized a scanning electron microscope (SEM) provided by Stress Engineering Services to create Metallographic Cosmos. The microscope allows me to zoom in on a particle that may be no larger than the tip of a pen and enlarge it up to 100,000X its original size. While utilizing the SEM for my job as a metallurgical photographer, I was awe struck by how planetary a few millimeter-sized welding spatter particles looked under the microscope. I instantly thought about how amazing it would be to create a “spacescape” out of the SEM photos. This project was made possible through Houston First Corporation and Stress Engineering Services.

Metallographic Cosmos | 2016 | lens-based media, public art