In March, I alluded to a few mini paintings with their origins based on using copper. The three paintings were part of a fundraiser for an Irish children’s charity. I am glad to say that the three paintings (with a James Webb Space Telescope theme) sold with hundreds of others for the charity. I can now write about them as the sale is over, and they are no longer incognito.
3,229 mini paintings created by 1,200 artists sold out in hours on April 21st. The money raised goes to help support terminally ill children. The buyers did not know who created the paintings until they bought them. Hence the name of the event – Incognito 2022.
As I mentioned in my blog Copper Inspiration, the miniature paintings came partially from my use of copper as a material, plus the James Webb Space Telescope and its promise of wonders to come. The tiny artworks are surreal with dollops of reality. All three are 15X10 cm or 6 X 4 inches.
The first mini painting visually explains the transfer of data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to Earth. I’ve used my imagination to depict the data transferring using hexagon-shaped packages. When these hexagons reach the Earth, they surround the planet with golden data. The information is shown enveloping our atmosphere with a rich glow of satisfaction. Of course, I know the JWST data travels to Earth via radio waves, but a girl has to pay attention to her imagination.
In this second tiny painting, one large hexagon represents the JWST. The data stream comes from the centre of the Whirlpool galaxy to the telescope. A copper wire represents the data stream snaking its way through billions of stars to deliver its information to Webb.
A web-shaped knowledge stream is pulled toward the telescope in the third painting. This photo shows that one hexagon has moved from the mirror to the data web. (This was an unexpected migration that happened in the post to the charity) . Nevertheless, this surprising shape shift has given me an idea to improve the overall plan for another painting.
It is my intention to create another painting with JWST in mind. That effort will fish for inspiration from both JWST and my experience with materials from the tiny works. Plus, it will be a more vital painting with a bit of luck overall. The link for entires for Ingognito 2023 is already open . I have committed to it again, if you are an artist perhaps consider being part of it. If you would like to join in, the link is international and is here.