Lindy Elkins-Tanton: Psyche
Major: Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics)
Genre/Medium: Graphite and pens on paper
About the work: I created a formal portrait, drawn on paper, of Lindy Elkins-Tanton. Her story and accomplishments are inspiring and monumental. I highlighted her for my first project because her story needs to be heard. Many people would benefit from seeing what she has done and knowing they could do it, too. I have a lot of interest in renaissance portraits and wanted to take elements of that. I wanted Psyche 16 to be placed as a halo would in this style of painting. The placement of the asteroid is referenced to this and the literal meaning of “psyche”. The simplicity is meant to push people towards the details and Dr. Lindy, herself. This was all created using graphite pencils, pens, and paper.