Psyche Across Time

Abigail Miller

May 22nd, 2023

Major: Architecture (Minor: Chemistry)

Genre/Medium: Canvas, plaster, water-based brush pens

About the work: Psyche Across Time is a 3D artwork achieved through the process of applying plaster directly to canvas. The use of different spackling tools is utilized to create surfaces both smooth and textured. The inspiration behind this project was a desire to showcase the hard work that has gone into the Psyche mission throughout the years. Beginning with the discovery of (16) Psyche in 1852 and ending with the possible arrival of the spacecraft in 2029, the piece takes you through the course of Psyche’s history. To emphasize the journey, a path has been hollowed out through the canvas and lined with Psyche’s colors to represent the long and winding path towards launch. Along this curved path, a series of important events are showcased; the discovery of Psyche, the mission proposal, preliminary design, the arrival of the spacecraft in Florida, launch of the spacecraft, and arrival at (16) Psyche. Each event has a corresponding drawing and year it took place that have been inked with water-based pens.

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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 in the gallery above and highlighted on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. View the full resolution images in the image gallery. This year’s Psyche Inspired cohort is known as the Silver Class.

Read a feature about Psyche Inspired in Eos.

Psyche Inspired was piloted at ASU during the 2017-2018 academic year. The following academic year, Psyche Inspired expanded nationally! The works from each Psyche Inspired cohort are collected in individual downloadable books that tell the story of Psyche through musical scores, sculptures, painting, 3-D models, photography, acrylic art, needlepoint, stop-motion films, mixed media, and more.

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Take a look at our comprehensive map that shows how the Psyche Inspired program has grown over the years!

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Current Student Collaborations Participants

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


Student Collaborations Participants