Creation of Psyche

Ally Lewis

December 11th, 2023

Major: Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering

Genre/Medium: Graphite, Charcoal, and Acrylic Markers

About the work: Inspired by Michelangelo’s most famous work, “The Creation of Adam,” as well as the recent Psyche launch and its incredible success, “The Creation of Psyche” was born. Featuring the hand of the Psyche goddess on the right and the Psyche spacecraft itself during launch on the left, this work was created to celebrate the planning, hard work, and immense success that resulted from Psyche’s launch on October 13, 2023. On a more symbolic level, too, this piece celebrates the origins of the Psyche mission itself. Specifically, in Michelangelo’s original work, the figure on the right was to represent God as he “created” Adam, the figure on the left, who was being created according to the Genesis passage, “God created man in his own image.” To that same effect, in this piece, the Psyche goddess is bestowing her inspiration, luck, and of course, her creation upon the Psyche spacecraft itself, modeling the mission after herself as God did in Michelangelo’s painting. To elevate the piece to a more modern realm, too, the touch of Psyche is surrounded by exploding lines in the color palette of the Psyche brand. This not only represents the explosion of excitement and success due to the recent launch, but it ties the ancient Psyche goddess to the modern day mission itself.

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Date Added: 12-11-2023
Credit: Ally Lewis

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