Psyche Inspired

Lady and the Asteroid

Leila Mirza

April 11th, 2024

Major: Undeclared

Genre/Medium: Stoneware clay, mid-fire glaze, acrylic paint 

About the work: In crafting Lady in the Asteroid, I wanted to dive deep into the realms of Greek mythology and astronomy, channeling the timeless narratives of Psyche and the celestial dance of the 16 Psyche asteroid. Using black stoneware clay as my canvas, I sculpted a delicate classic Greek amphora–a traditional urn shape with two handles. I incorporated a mid-fire speckled glaze, and then layered black and gold acrylic paints in geometric, mandala-like patterns. I depicted an abstract goddess Psyche raising her hands to the cosmos, and the asteroid itself.

To me, Psyche is a symbol of the soul’s journey through the vastness of space and the depths of the human psyche. As I grew up adoring Greek mythology, I was set on creating a piece that fused my love for the cosmos as well as mythology itself.

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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 Tungsten Class.

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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