On a visit home, Cecilia looked through her childhood drawings kept by her mother, fascinated by the different subject matter she herself and her sisters gravitated towards. While her older sister’s drawings reflect her passion for animals and her younger sister’s her sensitivity and interest in narrative, Cecilia repeatedly drew the same two things: rainbows and unicorns. This interest in replicating similar motifs, along with her inherent passion for colour and attraction towards the supernatural and the mystical, is visible in her current works, and thus, her childhood ideas have possibly been an unconscious inspiration.
This series of artworks meditates on her childhood drawings and seeks to reinvent those interests in a mature form. The title, ‘Rainbows on Titan’, refers to a theory that rainbows could be visible from the surface of Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. Titan’s atmosphere is ‘wet’ with humidity and rain; a moistness comprised of methane rather than liquid water. Saturn would have both rain and sunlight, necessary for the formation of a rainbow and therefore, it is possible that rainbows occur on the surface of Titan. This image captures Cecilia’s imagination to not only exist on an extra-terrestrial surface, but also to witness an event similar to that which we see on Earth. Would this rainbow be more or less miraculous? Does its existence make Earth’s rainbows merely commonplace and simply the expected result of rain and light?