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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.
Major: Mechanical Engineering (Minor: Studio Art)
Genre/Medium: Crochet and Digital Painting
About the work:
For this project, we created crochet fashion pieces inspired by the Psyche mission. Alyssa also painted “Inspire the Next Generation” representing this project’s theme to raise excitement about space exploration.
I incorporated different colors, weights, and styles of yarn and thread while completing my collection. I liked using the different gray tones to portray shadows and craters as well as metallic thread for the metal aspects of Psyche. The colorful yarn on the ski mask was chosen because of its resemblance to the colors from the Psyche logo, and I liked the nod to it. I wanted my pieces to all be centered around Psyche 16, specifically, so they are all constructed to be reflective of its shape. My inspiration for this collection came from an artist Alexandria Masse, who crochets amazing art and whose balaclavas really spoke to me. She has brought so many ideas to the plain masks, that I really wanted to see what I could create.