claire peckham 


Perspective of Disappearance
2016

‘Perspective of Disappearance,’ is Leonardo da Vinci’s name for the point of invisibility: where and how something becomes indistinguishable, and then invisible to the human eye. Da Vinci studied this elusive point in great detail and documented the development of his theory in a notebook also titled ‘Perspective of Disappearance.’ The notebook, now translated and available online, is an extensive investigation of optics, exploring how visibility (or invisibility) is affected by distance, light, and darkness. This piece uses the text from da Vinci’s studies and explores the point of invisibility in a video format by experimenting with the placement and focus of photos in a collage-like setting as text describing the process of losing visibility appears and disappears throughout the video.