Piece description from the artist
Inspired by the "dog days of summer," and how that expression it derives from the ancient Roman belief that the dog star Sirius contributes extra heat at this time of year. The star background is an actual photo of Sirius A and B from NASA. (Sirius A is mostly hidden in the image, and Sirius B is the bright spot toward the right). While creating this image I was thinking about a very hot planet, light from a sun baking it. I was also thinking about the New Horizons probe which reached Pluto this month.
Jen McCleary attended Tyler School of Art (BFA Painting and Printmaking), University of the Arts (Continuing Education in Print Design), and University of Pennsylvania (MLA). She works both digitally and in traditional mixed-media collage and views the two seemingly different media as complimentary and rooted in the same process of collecting and arranging images in an intuititive and exploratory process. In 2019 she began to learn the craft of wheel-thrown ceramics, which she alters through decoupage and the traditional Japanese art of kintsugi (repairing broken items with gold and lacquer). This process of creation and destruction considers the inevitabilities of damage and healing as part of the beauty of an object. She also works as a freelance graphic designer specializing in book cover and layout design.
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