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Psyche Inspired: Rachel McNeil

This is a portrait of Psyche Inspired member Rachel McNeil.

Rachel McNeil

Institution: Emory University

Major: Environmental Sustainability Management

Psyche Inspired Class: 2018-2019

The background of the painting is black with various sized small whites dots to emulate stars. In the center of the painting is a light blue woman with course curly dark blue that flows to her waist. The woman wears a black and purple crown with a white asteroid in the middle and the words Psykhe written across in black lettering identifying her as the goddess. She wears a green flowing dress with purple off-the shoulder sleeves and a purple waist cinch. Her dress is ancient Grecian styled and she wears a big gold necklace paired with green and blue earrings with curved black designs and lines. A small bracelet adorns her hand with a

Psykhe: The Goddess and Asteroid

Rachel McNeil

January 29, 2019

Major: environmental sustainability management

Genre/Medium: painting/acrylic and marker

About the work: This painting depicts the goddess, Psykhe, for whom the asteroid was named. In this piece, there are hidden images and text that relate to the discovery story of the asteroid. If you look closely at tendrils of hair, accessories, and wings, you’ll find clues that relate to numerous aspects of the Psyche asteroid, such as the scientist who discovered it, what it is believed to be made out of, etc.

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This image shows two large swirling circular shapes beginning to merge together. The shape on the left is blue and green with textured cracks and swirls representing the earth and the shape on the right is mostly orange,with accents of red, yellow and black, that is also textured with cracks and bumps and merging to the earth.The shape on the right represents psyche. These two images are painted on a backdrop of space which is black with extremely tiny, fine white dots representing stars. All through out the space there are white infographics of data gathered so far about psyche like the astronomical units of it, its orbit time, the elements it is made out of etc.

Transfer

Rachel McNeil

November 11, 2018

Major: environmental sustainability management

Genre/Medium: acrylic paint

About the work: This piece explores the transfer of information between the asteroid Psyche and the Earth. The mission to Psyche the asteroid could provide us with more information about Earth’s core. Thus, this piece depicts what information scientists have discovered so far about Psyche through the white infographics and pieces of data. The Earth is green and blue and appears to be merging with a ball of orange, red, and black, which represents the information about Earth’s core Psyche could provide. Instead of depicting what Psyche, a metallic asteroid, could possibly look like, I decided to focus on the data transfer about cores by portraying an image of what someone would usually think of when talking about the Earth’s core.

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