True Mystery, 100x70cm, acrylic on canvas 2015   I believe that with knowledge of the past, comes understanding of the present. Therefore in order to discover the essence of creation and the primal role of an artist I found it necessary to go back to its roots.   Storm, 120x140cm, acrylic on canvas, 2014   After deep research I discovered that in the deepest dimension Art comes from transcendental experiences and magic. There were times when human life was connected to the natural environment and when the Arts were considered spiritual, magical, a secret language used in many rituals and...

Globular cluster M13, one of the brightest globular clusters in the northern sky (Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)   After my residency at the McDonald Observatory in 2004, where the natural night sky is among the most pristine and dark, I became intensely aware of the difference between a dark night sky and a light polluted sky. Thus began my passion for the dark sky preservation movement and my interest in dark sky stewardship. Ten years later, in the early days of 2014, I initiated a new artwork, called Sky Scrolls . The project is a...

Erika Blumenfeld Title: Living Light No. 2 (Pyrocystis Fusiformis) Date: 2011 Medium: Archival digital pigment print Dimensions: 40x60 inches In collaboration with Dr. Michael Latz, Marine Biologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Description: In Living Light No. 2 (Pyrocystis Fusiformis), the expression of bioluminescence was instigated by the artist's own hand. The artist lightly tapped the container containing the bioluminescence, sending a manual pulse through the seawater that triggered their flashing. Each light trajectory represents the response of a single organism within the population, dramatically showing their bioluminescence expressed at the microscopic scale of the organism.   In 2001, I arrived...

Erika Blumenfeld Title: Untitled (Antarctica, 30 January 2009, 16:51:41 GMT) Date: 2009 Medium: Archival digital pigment print Size: 40x60 inches (101.6 x 152.4 cm)  Description: In January 2009, Blumenfeld was invited to Antarctica for a six-week artist-in-residence. Living and working on Earth’s southernmost continent amidst the vast ice fields, luminous glaciers, ancient rock mountains, and the ice-covered sea, Blumenfeld created several new bodies of photo and video-based works. The images depict the natural phenomena of the Antarctic landscape, and portray rarely seen details and patterns of Antarctica’s ephemeral nature.   During my time at the McDonald Observatory, my artistic direction...

Erika Blumenfeld Title: Light Recording: Spring 2005 Date: 2005 Medium: Chromogenic prints, aluminum panels, laminate Size: 30x40 inches (76.2x101.6 cm)  Description: In Light Recording: Spring 2005, Blumenfeld documented the 93 days between the vernal equinox (March 20, 2005) and the summer solstice (June 21, 2005)—the time in our year that comprises the season known as spring in the northern hemisphere. At the exact moment of civil sunset on March 20th, Blumenfeld recorded onto photosensitive material solely the amount of natural sunlight radiating toward Earth. Using a hand built light-recording device and 4x5 transparency film, the artist repeated this “light...

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Astronomers Without Borders' AstroCrafts web blog presented by Kathleen Horner will share a unique variety of creative, educational and fun astronomy-related crafts inspired by the cosmos in which we live. The AstroCrafts page projects will be presented periodically throughout the year for the whole family that involves hands on arts and crafts that will teach us about the wonders of our universe.  The projects are especially a great resource for schools and other organizations, too.  The AstroCrafts projects is another way we can discover our own inner artist and find personal expression of what we see and feel in the cosmic life that is all around us.