VLA Mars

In my aim to make large art that was easier to transport- I created this piece on 5 separate panels that hang together [in the photo here they appear as one single piece]. The 5 panels -each one 30″ wide x 50″ height can be spaced further apart or hung slightly askew or even out of order. I envision them on the end of a wall and carrying onto another corner. In this work I imagine a large number of satellites on Mars – all listening or pointed in one general direction towards some far away event. In my sketch I had overloaded the image with satellites – here I kept more of the Tang colored landscape. The graphic whites were repainted over and over – any other paint that touched it would dull its brightness. I worked on it for over 2 years – probably would have kept working on it but its sold and gone.

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Jennifer Benn

J.Benn received her MFA from Syracuse University. While there she began making technology and "space art" her content/focus of her large oil paintings. A long time sci-fi fan and GenX'er she is interested in the history of the early space programs as well as what is planned for the future. Benn was invited to NASA's Michaud facility as a social promoter and is a currently NASA JPL social ambassador. Benn has over 20 years of college art teaching experience and currently teaches pt at Maine College of Art. Recent pieces include a 6-panel screen piece about the Mercury XIII and a large oil painting celebrating the herstory of Valentina Tereshkova.

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