February 6, 2017

James Webb Space Telescope -Luminosity

Luminosity, by Sue Reno, for #JWSTArt
I'm pleased to share my finished artwork for the James Webb Space Telescope Artist Project, Luminosity.

Luminosity, detail 1, by Sue Reno, for #JWSTArt
Luminosity, detail 1
 In November of 2016 I was one of a group of  22 wonderfully diverse artists selected nationwide to attend the James Webb Space Telescope Artist Event  at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

I had the opportunity to meet and interact with engineers, technicians and other team members from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, the world’s next-generation space observatory, tour Goddard's Integration and Test facility, see the world's largest clean room facility, and see the James Webb Space Telescope itself.  I had time to sit in front of the mirror and create, which I spent hand stitching silk hexagons for my representation of the golden mirror. Back in the studio, I worked on creating a large art quilt. I've documented the visit and the work in progress here on my blog. To read all the posts, click on the James Webb Space Telescope tab in the header, or go here.
Luminosity, detail 2, by Sue Reno, for #JWSTArt
Luminosity, detail 2
 My official statement for this artwork:
Hexagons are a perennial motif in quilts. I began stitching the silk hexagons representing the mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope on site at NASA Goddard. Cyanotype dates from the 1840s as a pioneering photography process; these and the colored dye prints were developed outdoors using UV rays from the sun. The border image is from the other end of the photo technology spectrum, taken with a fisheye lens on an iPhone and digitally printed. The needle felted center panel is made with minimally processed wool and silk fibers and modern mylar strands. It is my depiction of the early luminosity, going back 13.5 billion years, which the telescope will be able to detect.

Luminosity, detail 3, by Sue Reno, for #JWSTArt
Luminosity, detail 3
 The work includes hand-stitched silk hexagons, needlefelting with wool, silk, and mylar, hand beadwork with semi-precious stones, cyanotypes and solar dye prints on cotton, digital prints on cotton, silk and cotton patchwork, stitching.  The size is 60"h x 74"w.

Luminosity, detail 4, by Sue Reno, for #JWSTArt
Luminosity, detail 4
All of the artwork for this project will be on display at the NASA Goddard Visitor Center this spring.  I will have dates and details to pass along soon.

And as always, thanks for reading and commenting.


KAM said...

Sue, Truly this piece is well designed and executed to provide a look at the science of space as it interacts with the techniques and design forms of your work with textiles. Such a departure from your series on the river, it is a fine piece of art. Your work always pulls me in visually to spend some time looking about at the pieces of the design, the able craft techniques employed and always your fine use of the color spectrum. Brava..this is a wonderful piece.

Vivien Zepf said...

Hooray -- all around!

mckittycat said...

It's a wonderful piece. Beautifully executed and great to view.