Da Vinci and the Drone, installation      mixed media      9' x 14' x 12'       2014

portraits paintings commissions by Vesna Kittelson

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Da Vinci and the Drone

Babel Tower



Young Americans



War Paintings

Lost and Found in America
and other paintings

Artist Books

Mrs. Darwin's Garden, Book One

Mrs. Darwin's Garden, Book Two

In the installation DaVinci and the Drone, I contrast the idealism of Leonardo DaVinci's concept of a flying machine (motivated by beauty and curiosity) with a spy drone. The key element is based on a kit for a flying scale model drone (7ft. wing span). The box in which the drone arrived was labeled — this is not a toy — and indeed, if fully equipped, this drone could fly approximately 20 miles and spy on people using its miniature video camera.

In this composition/sculpture/installation, I mix ink/paint drawings made on parchment paper of parts of a drone with drawings inspired by sketches in DaVinci's notebooks. The model drone itself is also decorated with drawings based on DaVinci's notebooks. A video display streaming live images from the drone camera, and a wing sculpture based on DaVinci's drawings are also part of this installation. While the drone is painted army green-gray, the drawings based on DaVinci's flying machines are done in sepia tones.