On February 22nd, in conjuction with the WCA Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice 2018 conference, the “Women Around Town” Bus Tour stopped at the at 18th St. Arts Center to visit Lita Albuquerque’s studio.

Lita Albuquerque Studio Visit
photo by Danielle Eubank

Lita Albuquerque sharing information about her Stellar Axis project.

In 2006 Los Angeles conceptual artist Lita Albuquerque ventured to the South Pole and created the extraordinary Stellar Axis land art installation, arranging 99 blue fiberglass spheres of varying size in the Antarctic snow to reflect the configuration of stars in the night sky.  Albuquerque has described this project as “a map, an ancient star map perhaps, or a future one,” inspired by the idea of “the earth seen from space” that came to her when she “experienced the first landing on the moon in the Sahara desert.” With no people or footprints visible in the bright whiteness around them, the blue orbs collectively resemble celestial bodies, an effect especially heightened in one photographic negative print that converts the empty snowscape into an inky black night and the blue globes into radiant yellow pinpoints.