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Psyche Inspired: Brianna Orrill

This is a portrait of Psyche Inspired member Brianna Orrill

Brianna Orrill (Photo Credit: Abigail Weibel)

Institution: Arizona State University

Major: Astrobiology/Biological Sciences-Microbiology (double major)

Psyche Inspired Class: 2017-2018

This image shows the Psyche asteroid in the center of the canvas surrounded by concentric orbits of petals in the Psyche color palette of mustard, gold, magenta, and dark purple.

Psyche Bloom

Brianna Orrill

July 20, 2018

Major: astrobiology/biological sciences (microbiology) [double major]

Genre/Medium: chalk on canvas

About the work: I wanted to created a bright, flower-like piece to represent all the blooming ideas that have bloomed into success from the minds of the engineers all the way to the artists on the mission. Dimensions: 16″ X 20″

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This image shows a canvas that has pours, swirls, and dots of paint in colors of rusts, pinks, oranges, whites, greys, and silvers.

Psyche Pour No. 1

Brianna Orrill

May 3, 2018

Major: astrobiology/biological sciences (microbiology) [double major]

Genre/Medium: acrylic painting

About the work: With this piece I wanted to something unexpected. We really don’t know what Psyche will be like when we get there and it was a similar process with this painting. The acrylic pour just consists of mixing some colors together, pouring it on a canvas and letting the paint run wild. As the paint spreads and dries, new patterns emerge and spread unexpectedly. This gives each painting a unique and otherworldly feeling.

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This photograph shows a number of asteroids drawn in chalk, including mini-asteroids decorated by public visitors.

Asteroid Belt

Brianna Orrill

March 2, 2018

Major: astrobiology/biological sciences (microbiology) [double major]

Genre/Medium: chalk on concrete

About the work: In this piece I wanted to create a fun interactive piece that not only engaged the public but also shared a little history. In the ASU Asteroid Belt, I included three asteroids that humans have already visited, Eros, Vesta and Ceres, as well as Psyche, which will be visited in 2026. The public were welcome to fill in the smaller surrounding asteroids, creating an amazing mash up of imagination and creativity. ASU’s Asteroid Belt embraces the combination of science and art, just like the Psyche Inspired program does.

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This image shows a close-up of a large crater on the Psyche asteroid with a dark starfield behind it.

Psyche Perspective

Brianna Orrill

February 19, 2018

Major: astrobiology/biological sciences (microbiology) [double major]

Genre/Medium: watercolor

About the work: This is a painting of the asteroid inspired by the artist rendition in most of Psyche’s videos. The piece is from the perspective of the spacecraft as it is coming over one side of the asteroid. I used watercolor, with a special focus on some metallic watercolors to create the metallic feel for the asteroid.

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This photograph shows the full-size Psyche spacecraft outline drawn in sidewalk chalk. The bus (body) was completed by the artist, Brianna, but individual squares on the solar panels were filled in by children and visitors with any space image they chose.

Psyche Street Art

Brianna Orrill

November 30, 2017

Major: astrobiology/biological sciences (microbiology) [double major]

Genre/Medium: chalk on concrete

About the work: I created street art for ASU’s Earth and Space Exploration Day on November 18th. This piece contained half of the Psyche satellite, with accurate dimensions to show the public the size. I filled in the entirety of the bus (body) of the spacecraft. For the solar panels, however, I invited kids (of all ages!) at the event to participate: Each person got a small cup of chalk and a square foot to draw any image of space that they wanted.

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This piece is based on the Japanese art style of Notan, in which designs are cut into black paper and reflected to the outside, creating a mirror image. This piece is the shape of the Psyche spacecraft filled with other space exploration images.

A History of Space Exploration

Brianna Orrill

November 17, 2017

Major: astrobiology/biological sciences (microbiology) [double major]

Genre/Medium: paper

About the work: This piece is based on the Japanese art style of Notan, which focuses on stark contrasts. Designs and shapes are cut into black paper and reflected to the outside, creating a mirror image. The piece takes the overall shape of the Psyche spacecraft, while cut into the main structure is the history of space exploration. In this piece you can see: Goddard’s first fuel rocket, Sputnik, the first human space flight, a Saturn rocket used for the Apollo missions, the lunar landing, Skylab I, the Space Shuttle, Mir, the Hubble telescope, the International Space Station, Voyager, the Spirit rover, the Curiosity rover, and finally Psyche, the next step in our exploration of space.

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