Eileen Rae Walsh


Sun, Smudged, 25×18 inches, Archival pigment print


The Sky, 9.4×6.6 inches, Video on iPad

If we could touch like the sun
so as not to forget
to be transfixed, mesmerized by the daily glow
of our existence
to consider staring at the horizon
as long as a screen —
I’m curious,
when did we stop craning our necks
to see it?
(A History of Staring at Fires, 2015)

Using Google search as a metaphor, I examine how the history of the search for meaning in the infinite, the cosmic, and the intangible has been absorbed through images in a contemporary realm. The narration in The Sky recites Dictionary.com definitions while occasional, personal appendages disrupt the mediated immersion and consider the shared sentiment of contemplating the unknown. The Sun, Smudged engages with the way the experience of the sun has been translated through the act of photography.