BANG: Artists Create the Universe 2019

Earlier this year I created a piece for a show at the new ARTSWIN location to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon mission. Forty Artist were challenged to create artwork based upon a selected celestial body. I was assigned Oberon, the second largest moon of Uranus.

Discovered by William Herschel in 1787, Oberon is named after the mythical king of the fairies who appears as a character in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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For this piece I wanted to incorporate imagery that would bring the subject matter back from space and closer to home.

My Grandmother kept a wide array of flowers and had a habit of placing fairy figures in her garden. I chose purple Hosta flowers to overlay on the moons as they reminded me of the fairies from her garden — and name sake of the moon Oberon; King of the Fairies.

My Grandmother passed away in 2019 just before this show was put on, it has been a difficult time for my family and is partly why there has not been many updates from me across platforms. In saying that, I wanted to thank you who made it out to the show in June~ and for understanding the lack of new masks for this upcoming Halloween season.

View of a wall of the new gallery and some of the beautiful vintage astronomical implements that were on loan.

PS: Thanks Sandpaperdaisy Art, who reminded me to write about this show, go check out her BANG blog post Here

PPS: if you want to talk to me in the comments about what Hostas or flowers or  the ninth most massive moon in the Solar System means to you, leave me a comment.