Psyche Inspired: Brianna Young

Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology

Major: Graphic Design

Psyche Inspired Class: 2020-2021

Rock n’ Rug

Brianna Young

April 7, 2021

Major: Graphic Design

Genre/Medium: yarn and gridded latch hook rug canvas

About the work: The small area rug I crafted is a rough, oblong circle shape that stretches approximately 41 inches wide and 34 inches high. I used eight different colored yarn to construct my rug: white, yellow, brown, royal blue, light gray, dark grey, black infused with purple, and black infused with tinsel. Each yarn bundle was not a single, solid color; the yarn was textured with brown or tan specs as well as infused with a lighter and darker hue of the overall color. For example, the blue yarn had lighter shades of baby blue and yellow infused in between the royal blue color. The overall rug is a yarn replica of the rendered photos of the psyche asteroid; the top left corner is light grey and white with a golden stripe leading to the center of the asteroid and both of its craters. The larger crater rests on the side side of the asteroid, slightly above on the smaller crater on the left side. The bottom right of the asteroid is covered by shadows, leaving it to be a dark blue, brown, and black color.

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At the center of the piece, a close, semi-transparent portrait of Psyche with the universe and Psyche mission motifs surrounding her in an expressionist style. The portrait of the goddess is painted bright yellow, with contrasting orange and purple for undertones and shading. In place of eyes, there is an abstract drawing made out of marker and colored tape of the Psyche mission spacecraft. Surrounding her face, the projected flight overview of the spacecraft is painted in a spiraled motion further into the solar system. The top left corner has the word “Psyche” broken up by syllables in blue letters with textured yellow/blue background and black/white wavy lines. The top right corner has a neon orange, black, and white line textured background with the first phase postage stamped. On top of the stamp, “Madam in her Universe” is written on the top while “Mission to Psyche” is on the bottom, and “2015-2027” in the middle. Under the stamp the Psyche Mission tagline, “Journey to a Metal World”, is written vertically in cursive along a blue and white background to the bottom right corner, with the word “to” replaced for the number “2” in orange. The bottom right corner has the yellow shoulder of the Goddess with her hand on her chest, with her hand touching the number “16” in blue on her heart. There are pieces of tin foil overlapping her body with white and black wavy lines. The bottom left corner has the planets Jupitar and Mars bleeding off the canvas and covering the goddess’s left shoulder. Mars is in front of Jupiter and there is aluminum foil outlining Mars.

Madam in her Universe

Brianna Young

November 12, 2020

Major: Graphic Design

Genre/Medium: mixed media: acrylic paint, oil-based paint, marker, soft pastels, tape, charcoal, paper, and tin foil

About the work: For this project, I created a multidimensional, mixed media painting based on the Greek goddess Psyche. The center of the piece is an up close, semi-transparent portrait of Psyche surrounded by her universe. However, the painting is not just about the Goddess, but what she represents: the soul. Thus, there are many other motifs related to the soul of asteroid (16) Psyche and its mission. Such motifs include:

– The Psyche spaceship as the Goddess’s eyes, as the spacecraft will substitute for our eyes in flight.

– Mars and Jupiter overlapping with the Goddess, as (16) Psyche is located in the main asteroid belt orbiting between these two planets.

-The first phase stamp I created for my first Psyche Inspired project, to symbolize the beginning of the goddess Psyche and my story with this mission.

– Mission to Psyche’s tagline: Journey to a Metal World.

– The mission overview swirled around the goddess’s face, to show the viewers of the painting the exciting and long journey the Psyche spacecraft will undergo throughout our solar system. It will launch from Earth in August 2022 (cheek of goddess), have a Mars gravity assist in May 2023 (left temple of goddess), arrive at the asteroid in January 2026 (under stamp), and end Orbit October 2027 (under the C in “Psyche””).

– The number 16 on the chest of the Psyche goddess, as Psyche was the 16th asteroid discovered.

In order to complete this piece, I collected a wide range of media to cover the canvas. Such materials include: acrylic paint, oil-based paint, marker, soft pastels, tape, charcoal, paper, and tin foil. The painting textures and exposed organic forms are intended to mimic the hypothesized formation of Psyche, which includes violent impacts that stripped away the asteroid’s mantle and left the exposed core. The aluminum foil is intended to display (16) Psyche’s potential metallic nature. I used an expressionist painting technique to convey the emotional experience of the Psyche mission rather than impressions of the external world. Using a wide range of medium and abstract styles helps express the complex makings and mysteries of space and (16) Psyche.

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The formation of psyche

Brianna Young

November 12, 2020

Major: Graphic Design

Genre/Medium: digital illustration, created in Illustrator and Photoshop

About the work: For this project, I created a book of eight postage stamps. These stamps illustrate how Psyche may have come to be, in eight different phases. I wanted to use postage stamps because they are tiny, but a necessary part of mail circulation. Using postage stamps will help express that Psyche is far away and tiny on a planetary scale, but it is an important step towards the future of space exploration. The border of the upper right hand corner of an envelope around the stamps can also symbolize Psyche’s potential remanent magnetic field. Furthermore, postage stamps have a designated price. Because Psyche was the 16th asteroid discovered, the stamps are worth 16 cents, and the numbers on the bar code illustrate the start and end dates of this flight mission by month and year.

I do not digitally illustrate often, so I was excited to experiment with a new medium. To accomplish this project, I started off by researching different U.S. postage stamps and their sizes. Once I found the exact size, I sketched out my illustrations in my notebook. I was then able to digitally create sketches in Adobe Illustrator and bring them to life on postage stamps and envelopes in Adobe Photoshop.

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