Psyche Inspired: Ally Lewis

Institution: Ohio State University

Major: Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering

Psyche Inspired Class: 2023-2024

Inspiration from Information: Wonders of Psyche

Ally Lewis

October 23rd, 2023

Major: Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering

Genre/Medium: Digital Medium–Procreate!

About the work: After doing some in-depth research on the Psyche asteroid itself, and hearing a particularly interesting talk from Dr. Rona Oran and her work in determining the magnetic properties of Psyche, I realized the sheer volume of useful, novel, and groundbreaking information that Psyche itself can provide for us. As such, I wanted to depict just that–the unimaginable amount of information, and thus inspiration, that will result from the data collection and analysis of the Psyche asteroid. To do so, I embarked on my first-ever journey in digital media with Procreate, and attempted to utilize the extensive tools, color palettes, and textures offered by the app–perhaps symbolically mirroring the extensive tools needed to analyze the Psyche asteroid. This journey was long and laborious, yet invaluable, as seen in the layered draft images that contribute to the final end drawing. In this drawing itself, a black-and-white Earth stands stagnant as it collects information from Psyche through a telescope, representing the extensive machinery used during the mission to learn more about the metallic properties of the asteroid. The Psyche asteroid, also in black-and-white, is drawn in great detail to represent the various, complex realms of information that it has to offer our current world of science. The rest of the drawing is taken up by long, winding trails of color filled in by patterns that symbolize the information we have the potential to unlock from the asteroid, from atoms in the top right, to rock-like textures in the central portion of the image. Each trail of color leads from the asteroid to the telescope, representing a constant stream of data and valuable scientific findings that researchers are so hopeful for with this mission. Bursting with colors and patterns galore, Psyche is a gold mine of valuable scientific discoveries, rich with potential and inspiration. That understanding became clear in my mind as I created this work, and I hope it is a connection that you can make as you view my work too!

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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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Exploring Psyche Coloring Sheet

Ally Lewis

February 28th, 2024

Major: Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering

Genre/Medium: Procreate and Canva

About the work: After an inspiring meeting with speaker Bill Dunford, who has mastered the art of social media, writing, and art itself in the world of the Psyche mission, I feel as though I finally grasped the importance of science and art working hand-in-hand through highly-technical endeavors. Particularly, Bill emphasized the importance of conveying the detailed work of NASA into bite-sized pieces for the general public to understand, enjoy, and become passionate about. As such, creating the Exploring Psyche Coloring Sheet, these notions were at the forefront of my mind. The mission of Psyche is truly awe-inspiring, but to those who are not rocket scientists–myself included–sometimes it is easy to get lost in the weeds of numbers, equations, and highly scientific terms that can quickly fizzle excitement. In creating this coloring sheet, I wanted to create a world of Psyche that was approachable to EVERYONE, from the general public reading NASA news feeds to children with crayons. Anyone can approach this design, become excited about this journey to a new world, and, upon coloring their own sheet, they can actually become a part of the mission themselves. At the end of the day, that is truly what this mission is about: exploring new worlds as a mission not solely for scientists, but for humankind. So, while these designs may seem simplistic or cartoonish, they represent something bigger than the mission itself–a collective whole supporting the exploration of the universe.

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