Dispatch from Omega Centauri, Kathleen Thoma, monotype & collage, 11×14 in
This month has been busy with work, a series of out-of-this-world invitations, a few shows and lots of printmaking. With the addition of collage to my monotype work, my images have been expanding in many new directions. You can view a number of new monotypes with collage worked into their compositions in my galleries. See New Abstract Works
I began to get some exciting fun ideas with the discovery of 7 new exoplanets, Trappist 1, in the constellations of Aquarius, only 40 light years away (235 trillion miles) from earth.https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-telescope-reveals-largest-batch-of-earth-size-habitable-zone-planets-around
What would an invitation from another planet look like?
Royal Invitation from the 7 planets-2, Kathleen Thoma, monotype & collage, 5×7
Wouldn’t other life-forms on otherworld’s use a visual, symbolic language to communicate? Or would they use sound? I have no idea. Inspired by this question, I created a series of invitations to our planet, inviting us for a visit. I’m sure I must have watched too many episodes of Star Trek as a kid.
In my mind’s eye, I could see the invitations appear in front of me. Perhaps, they simply pop into every mail box and email box in the world, all at once. I imagine that is how they must arrive, if they were from another constellation. I have no idea what sort of paper aliens would use, so I just used what I had on hand.
Royal Invitation from the 7 planets-3, Kathleen Thoma, monotype & collage, 5×7 in
It’s been fun to play with these ideas, so have a look at the gallery and tell me what you think. I have a feeling there are more alien communications on the way. See Invitations
Some other news, I have three monotypes in a show coming up at the Fallbrook Art Center, May 21 – July 2, in the “Annual Artist Guild, Juried Members Show”. Fallbrook has a wonderful, very professional gallery, you can see more at the link here. http://fallbrookartcenter.org/
I am currently in the “National Collage Society Postcard Exhibit” at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art in Ontario, CA, and I was also in a show called the “The Heart Seed”, at The Hive in North Kingstown in Rhode Island this past January.