Helen Malone

The place referred to is the region around the 180th meridian—the International Date Line. Inspired by Umberto Eco’s The Island of the Day Before, this book explores the difficulty of navigation before the invention of reliable marine chronometers. Sea captains relied on ‘dead reckoning’—a mixture of time and place calculated by angular displacement of the moon and other celestial objects combined with an array of times from their unreliable timekeepers. Eco’s novel also presents the scenario of moving back and forth in time across the 180th meridian and, if in yesterday, could one possibly change the future?

Arches paper and papyrus, gouache, ink and digital prints as collage