Visual Metaphors of the Universe
Here is a group of paintings where I bind the Universe to familiar things in a way more poetic than literal. So much of space art has been focused on what a viewer might really see from, say, the surface of Mars. I became interested in showing what can never be photographed, only imagined. Inspired by real science, these visual metaphors have a different layer of meaning.
The Backbone of Night from COSMOS
The !Kung people of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana describe the Milky Way...
U are the Dazzling Sun i revolve around
This poem was written from Pluto's perspective. Apparently, it had been a secret admirer of the Sun for untold millions of years, and, as coincidence would have it, just when enough courage had been mustered to declare this love...
[Apologies to Mike Brown...Editor]
Eta Aquarid Meteor
AstroArts for Global Astronomy Month 2013
Global Astronomy Month 2013 features for the first time a program of art and astronomy, including live film screenings, live presentations by artists on their work, space food recipes and an AstroArt panel. GAM AstroArt aims at bringing together art, astronomy and space exploration, opening up discussions and possibilities for new collaborations in these fields.
The live film screening program includes:
It has been nearly a year since Thilina Heenatigala, the AWB communication manager, and I started talking about the possibility of having an ongoing art program in collaboration with Astronomers without Borders. Meeting Astronomers without Borders in March 2011 was for me already a life changing experience, in fact for the first time during Global Astronomy Month 2011, my art project OPTICKS was presented as a live event for the international AWB community. People from all around the...
How the First Ever Image of Mars Was Hand-Drawn
In late 1964, two missions were launched by NASA with destination Mars! They were Mariner 3 and Mariner 4. Both of them were sent to flyby the Red Planet and take the first pictures and scientific observations, transmitting to Earth precious information about interplanetary space and Mars. At that point in history no one had ever seen how Mars looked like. There was a lot of speculation and with earth telescopes it was possible to see that Mars had an atmosphere and changes in color and...