i'm in love with pluto

The summer that New Horizons flew past Pluto was the summer that I spent preparing new work for my first solo art show in quite some time. I had been focusing on the zodiac constellations and the moon, and then the spacecraft generated the first true-color image of the planetoid.

So of course I set to work incorporating this new discovery into my art work. Pluto, the god of the underworld, needed a crown.

pluto's coronation

Pluto's Coronation (2015), 10x10 cyanotype & embroidery on fabric

pluto's coronation (detail)

Pluto's Coronation, detail

I love it when you can get on a tear about something. I played with the image over and over again, working small and large, in as many mediums as I could think of.

pluto's inversion

Pluto's Inversion (2015), 9x12 mixed media, embroidery & cyanotype on paper

When playing, I came to love the shade of pink that burst out of Pluto's visage while using Inkodye. It seemed fitting; an anecdote about Pluto is that the name was suggested by a young woman who loved Greek mythology.

a girl named pluto

A girl named Pluto, 16x20 inkodye, copper leaf, drawing on paper

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Pluto's Cup (2015) in progress

The excitement of the scientific discovery was contagious, and fed my own work, even past the images of pluto. Inspiration is such a magical and generative thing, and letting yourself run with a theme brings to your mind new possibilities. There's always another door to open.