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The Butterfly & Star
Major: Art History
Genre/Medium: acrylic, ink, and texture on canvas
About the work: “The Butterfly and the Star” depicts the symbol of the (16) Psyche asteroid. The symbol is a semicircle with a star on top. The semicircle is a representation of a butterfly’s wing – a reference to the Greek word, Psyche, which means “soul.” The painting showcases this symbol in a bold white font wrapped with the three primary colors: red, yellow and blue. These colors give a sense that the symbol is slightly vibrating. The background is painted black with little white stars, representing space and the infinite universe behind it.