Psyche Inspired: Danielle Gu

Institution: University of Texas at Austin

Major: Business and Art History

Psyche Inspired Class: 2023-2024

On Display

Danielle Gu

November 8th, 2023

Major: Business and Art History

Genre/Medium: Colored pencil, pastel, and gel pen on drawing paper

About the work: “On Display” is a mixed media piece that examines the potential impact of future discoveries about the composition and nature of Psyche. The central focus of the piece is the Psyche asteroid, which is depicted on a display mount typically utilized for rocks or gemstones in a museum. The composition of Psyche “on display” is meant to probe the importance and innovations of the mission and invite the viewer to imagine what the most notable scientific contributions attributed to Psyche will be in years to come. In this work, the asteroid is drawn in colored pencil, and the background was created with a combination of pastels and gel pen. In drafting this piece, I opted to pursue a simple, clean composition to emphasize the asteroid and the power of recognition. Museums and their displays have the ability to influence what we take away from historical events — what will we learn from Psyche?

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Psyche Emerged

Danielle Gu

January 10th, 2024

Major: Business and Art History

Genre/Medium: Acrylic Painting

About the work: Psyche Emerged” is an acrylic painting that depicts Psyche, the Greek goddess of the soul and the namesake of the asteroid Psyche. Psyche was a well-known figure in Greek and Roman mythology, and she was born as a beautiful mortal woman before she eventually became immortal. One of the most notable myths involving Psyche was the tale of her love and marriage with Eros, also known as the Roman “Cupid.” Their love was immortalized by Italian artist Antonio Canova in a marble statue named “Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss” (Amore e Psiche). I drew a lot of inspiration from the delicate, yet dynamic pose selected by the sculptor and ultimately chose to partially replicate it in my own painting. I further referenced other paintings of Psyche and Eros like “The abduction of Psyche” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau to better understand her poses, clothing, and appearance.

While working on this project, I read a lot of the original text of “The Golden Ass,” a novel which tells the tale of Psyche and Eros. The multiple trials that Psyche is required to undergo before she achieves immortality and discovers Eros again truly reminded me of the perseverance of the multiple groups who collaborated on this mission. Thus, I tried to represent the beauty of their efforts in my portrait of the stunning Psyche.

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