Naviguer à vue

Definition: Navigation by sight. Navigation by observation and knowledge of physical surroundings (wind, landmarks, celestial bodies, horizon, tides). 

Naviguer à vue Light Vessels

This newest series of Metals is inspired by our movement research this year on navigation, migration, and passage: in spiritual, physical and emotional realms.

This edition of objects are light vessels made of metal (polished brass and sterling silver) in 3 different designs. The motifs convey themes of movement: time, objects and light.

Originally imagined as a theatrical set object to accompany our navigation performance, the vessel is a twinkling and mysterious cylinder that casts and refracts both natural (candle) and electronic (bulb) light.

They are transformative objets d’art that dramatically define their environment with light, reflection and shadow. They are primordial yet futuristic, mystic yet bodily. Each motif is related to an astronomical observation (as were ancient navigation tools such as antikythera), thus connecting our inhabited space to celestial space.


The Analemma traces the movement of the sun in the sky throughout the year, seen from one place on earth at the same time every day, thus illuminating the movement of time. This diagonal figure-8 pathway was first officially visualized through the use of mass consumer photography in the 1970s (see NASA).


The solar Eclipse diagonal traces the movement of a solar eclipse throughout one day, from afternoon to nightfall. A solar eclipse occurs when the path of the moon crosses the path of the sun in the sky, thus illuminating the movement of celestial bodies. An eclipse is also only possible to view because of our own planet’s movement. It is essentially a dance trio. This particular drawing was inspired by the first accurately photographed solar eclipse in 1851.


The Constellations trace the movement of light from objects in the cosmos to our eyes, and how we humans have chosen to create shapes, patterns and myths from these seemingly random forms. The two constellations depicted are Hydra (the water serpent) and Boötes (the work horse). The oldest Hydra myth dates to 700 BCE and the first record of Boötes dates to Ptolomey around 200 ACE.

body antennae

These objects are the supporting cast for the light vessels. They continue the ideas of transmission and navigation more literally, acting as tools and adornment for our bodies. They can be worn on the body or displayed/hung as objects.

The Wings (pyramid)

The Hoops (waist and collar)

objects information

Light Vessels:

Brass and Sterling silver 14cm w x 19 cm h5.5” w x 7.5” h

They are designed to fit a conventional bulb or conventional 3.5” candle. 


Photography: Sean Campbell, Shanita Sims

All metal production is done locally in New York City by skilled artisans with over 2 generations of experience in the art of metalsmithing.