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Archeoastronomy Studies by Artist Janet Saad-Cook



27 years ago Janet Saad-Cook began developing a new way to create art by capturing sunlight, shaping and reflecting it as images that change in harmony with the cycle of the sun. She calls this process Sun Drawing.

Sun Drawing is a process that involves the interaction of the light from the sun with the rotation of the earth and highly reflective elements that Saad-Cook shapes and assemble and places in the path of sunlight. As direct sunlight touches the elements, an image of light very gradually appears on surrounding walls or surfaces. The image slowly and subtly changes with the earth's rotation and the shifting angle of sunlight.

Shortly after Janet Saad-Cook began working with sunlight she realized she would have to learn a great deal more about the sun's cycle if she wanted to use it as medium to create art. Astronomer Peter Boyce advised her to visit a prehistoric sun marking site in the American southwest rather than study about it in books. Her first journey was on the vernal equinox, 1983, to a remote site in northern New Mexico called Tsiping, to document the equinox sun setting behind a sacred mountain called Cerro Pedernal.

That journey grew into three years of site work and research, first at Anasazi sun marking sites in the American southwest, then at the pyramids at Teotuichan in Mexico, and finally at the 18th century observatories of Jai Singh in India.

At the Anasazi sun marking sites Saad-Cook learned about and photographed the sunlight/shadow activity created by the Anasazi to mark the solstices. At a select number of the sites, she created temporary Sun Drawings, photographed, and then removed them. In this way Saad-Cook reached across time, connecting her art to the ancients by touching them with a reflection of the sun.

Janet Saad-Cook holds a patent for her Sun Drawing work.
"Sun Drawing" is a registered trademark.

Artist Janet Saad-Cook welcomes serious inquiries.
Last updated 3 Apr 2007 © Photos and text copyrighted.

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