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Atlas of the Heavens
collage of pre-printed paper, india ink on paper
16 x 11 1/2"
2017
Atlas of the Heavens
collage of pre-printed paper, india ink on paper
16 x 22"
2017
Atlas of the Heavens
collage of pre-printed paper, gold & silver leaf, india ink on paper
16 x 22"
2017
The All Powerful Hand
collage of printed paper, india ink on board
14 1/2 x 10 1/2" (36.8 x 26.7 cm)
2017
Pythia: The High Priestess II
collage of printed paper, india ink, colored pencil on paper
16 x 22 1/2" (40.6 x 57.2 cm)
2017
Prayer Is Called Beautiful: The Hanged Man XII
collage of printed paper, india ink, colored pencil on paper
16 x 22 1/2" (40.6 x 57.2 cm)
2017
Seraphim & Cherubim: XIII
collage of printed paper, india ink, colored pencil on paper
16 x 22 1/2" (40.6 x 57.2 cm)
2016
Seraphim & Cherubim (detail)
collage of printed paper, india ink, colored pencil on paper
16 x 22 1/2" (40.6 x 57.2 cm)
2016
Serpent Bearer: Good Fortune in the Valley of the Monuments
collage of printed paper, india ink, colored pencil on paper
16 x 22 1/2" (40.6 x 57.2 cm)
2016
Serpent Bearer: Good Fortune...(detail)
collage of printed paper, india ink, colored pencil on paper
16 x 22 1/2" (40.6 x 57.2 cm)
2016
Cetus: The Lovers
collage of printed paper, india ink, colored pencil on paper
16 x 22 1/2" (40.6 x 57.2 cm)
2016
Cetus: The Lovers (detail)
collage of printed paper, india ink, colored pencil on paper
16 x 22 1/2" (40.6 x 57.2 cm)
2016
Law of Attraction Growing Taller: Emperor
collage of printed paper, india ink, colored pencil on paper
16 x 22 1/2" (40.6 x 57.2 cm)
2016
Martyrs
collage of printed paper, india ink, colored pencil on paper
15 3/4 x 11" (40 x 27.9 cm)
2017

A T L A S O F T H E H E A V E N S


'However appealing we may find the dream of a knowable universe made of paper and a meaningful cosmos made of words, a library, even one colossal in its proportions or ambitious and infinite in its scope, can never offer us a “real” world, in the sense in which the daily world of suffering and happiness is real. It offers us instead a negotiable image of that real world which (in the words of the French critic Jean Roudaut) “kindly allows us to conceive it,” as well as the possibility of experience, knowledge and memory of something intuited through a tale or guessed at through a poetic or philosophical reflection.'

from Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

I found an atlas of the night’s sky with stars, constellations and a blue toned Milky Way. The night sky, to me vast and unknowable, is reduced to cream-colored pages with lines and dots, each plate, or section of sky, gridded-out, fanning out from their poles as a net cast to snare comprehension. Each plate has a roman numeral, which makes me think of Tarot Cards—another system for grasping the incomprehensible. Atlas of the Heavens is my own divination, derived from a jumble of associations that navigates my own worries and love for a world out balance.


Doug Stapleton
Chicago IL