This painting shows the Psyche asteroid in dark greys and other metallic colors, surrounded by swirling streams of purples, pinks, oranges and yellows, with the Psyche spacecraft approaching.

Psyche Inspired – Titanium Class

The Heart of it all

Gwenan walker

July 12th, 2023

Major: Animation; Human Biology

Genre/Medium: Digital; Clip Studio Paint

About the work: This piece is an extension of my previous project, demonstrating how life’s origin in the seas has come full circle as humans explore outer space to learn details of our own planet’s beginnings. Throughout this internship, I’ve been fascinated with the larger implications that the Psyche asteroid can have for the formation of our solar system, and particularly the formation of our own planet’s core. As we as a species begin to explore the further reaches of the solar system more and more, it feels fitting that our discoveries will often lead us back to our own origins, studying the formation of the core that was the source of energy for the first life on earth.

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Psyche Inspired Overview

Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students from any discipline or major together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public in new ways through artistic and creative works. These works are posted on the website and highlighted on Twitter and Facebook. View the full resolution images in the image gallery.

Psyche Inspired was piloted at ASU during the 2017-2018 academic year. The works from the 2017-2018 Psyche Inspired cohort are collected in a downloadable book that tells the story of Psyche through musical scores, sculptures, painting, 3-D models, photography, acrylic art, needlepoint, stop-motion films, and mixed media.

Current Student Collaborations Participants

View a list of the students, faculty, staff, and mentors currently involved in Psyche Student Collaborations.


Student Collaborations Participants