‘departure’ was exhibited in Sara Morawetz’s 2019 solo show ‘Principia’. It is an ongoing series of drawings that track the annual increments by which the moon moves away from the earth.
The moon is slowly receding as the Earth’s rotation falters – a consequence of the inescapable symmetry and reciprocity in our underlying dynamics. The distance between us expands by approximately 3.78cm per year. On December 14, 1972 Apollo XVII successfully lifted off the lunar surface, ending our last manned mission to the moon. Since then forty three years have past and we are still yet to return. Every year we wait the journey becomes a little longer. In honour of this relationship and the moon’s gentle migration, ‘departure’ is a continuing series of yearly measurements marking the additional distance that would need to be travelled should we choose to return.
As of January 2020 there are forty seven drawings that collectively measure 1m 77.66 cm. This work exists as two sets: a complete, life-long set of drawings and set of independent drawings sold by year (from 1973 – onwards + 1972 AP) with a new drawing made available December 15th of each year.
Morawetz’s recent projects have involved collaborations with scientists from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Centre, NY, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA). Based in New York, she has been