Eye of God Is Everywhere
Embellished Fabric Collage
16" X 22"
The process was different for this first in a Universe series of 4 Embellished Fabric Collages.  It was
impossible for me to use original images, and I did not want  fiction. So I sought and received permission
from Sky Lab Images to use the photographs I ordered.  Theirs is
a composite of images from the ACS
instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope and wide-angle images from the Mosaic Camera on the 0.9-m Telescope
at Kitt Peak National Observatory.

The Eye of God Nebula - Helix Nebula - NGC 7293, a well known photo,  is the closest example of a
planetary nebula created at the end of the life of a Sun-like star. The outer gasses of the star expelled into
space and is destined to become a white dwarf star.
This Helix Nebula, given a technical designation of NGC 7293,
lies about 650 light-years away towards
the constellation of Aquarius and spans about 2.5 light-years.
 Our Sun might look like this one day.
    At my studio I did some small  acrylic studies of  the Helix Nebula.  
Then I chose many  fabrics, guided by the Helix;  backed them with Steam-A-Seam glue; prepared the white
linen substrate to  be serged and glued to black background microfiber.   After days cutting and composing
with fabrics, the embellishing ensued: acrylic  painting, sewing on pearls which indicated the larger  
"heavenly" bodies located between us on Earth and the Eye of God Nebula (See detail below).  The words I
finally embroidered, with Glow-In-The-Dark thread  were changed many times.  First I wrote... God IS, but
not in our image...That was either misunderstood or it offended my Christian friends.  So I composed and
settled on the question...Oh God, how can your universe go on and on galaxy after galaxy, without
This piece was conceived and completed  over a period of about 6 months.
Detail  of Eye of God -
The star, a pearl here
between us and the
Nebula shows depth
and the distance
between heavenly
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