Breathing Cloud

Check out this amazing video of the breathing RCBs Cloud from my exhibition “Wonder”, filmed and edited by Owen Elliott.

The Breathing Cloud is a knitted imagining of the clouds of carbon rich dust produced by RCB stars. I wanted to explore connections between these stellar events and the every day business of being human. I imagine the stars exhaling clouds of dust into the universe, in the same way as we humans (carbon based life forms) breath in and out, expanding and contracting with each breath. You can read more about this body of work on my portfolio.

This work was a collaboration between myself and engineer, Daniel Macnish.


Here is a video of the first test of the small RCB cloud breathing – all thanks to my friend Daniel who has the skills and the knowhow to make amazing things happen!

Inhale, exhale.

Clouds of Star Dust

RCB Cloud, Claire Pendrigh, wool on plastic and metal frame. Photograph: Darren Tynan
RCB Cloud, Claire Pendrigh, wool on plastic and metal frame. Photograph: Darren Tynan

I finally had the chance to hang the RCB Cloud in a gallery space for a photo shoot. It’s so good to see it out of the studio – I think that this work needs space to breath.

RCB Cloud (detail). Photograph Darren Tynan
RCB Cloud (detail). Photograph Darren Tynan

The RCB Cloud is my interpretation of the carbon rich dust clouds ejected by RCB stars. I am also working on an audio component to these works in which the sound of breathing becomes louder, heavier, softer or lighter in correlation with graphs mapping RCB stars’ magnitudes. I like to imagine that these clouds of dust are exhaled by the RCB stars, like the breath of living organisms. In this body of work I am trying to locate the individual in the context of the universe by linking their everyday existence to stellar events.


RCB Cloud


The RCB Cloud is complete. It’s knitted mass floats in front of my studio door.

RCB stars are a type of variable star that occasionally eject clouds of dust. The star dust obscures the view of the star from earth and it appears to grow dimmer or even disappear until the dust disperses.

The RCB Cloud will be part of my next solo show in Fremantle at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in September 2014… I hope it fits in my car!

RCB Cloud (detail)
RCB Cloud (detail)