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BEST IN SHOW image for the NASA/ETSY Space Craft Contest in the 2D Reproduction Category!!

***SET TO LAUNCH INTO SPACE and INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION aboard the Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 at 11:26 a.m. EDT on July 8 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is the final flight for shuttle Atlantis and the Space Shuttle Program.***

Universal Thoughts - (excerpt about the process and inspiration, from a fish tank in a garage to a space shuttle in space)

A single photograph titled, "CarboNation," was taken in March 2009 for my senior BFA thesis and represents the inspiration for "Universal Thoughts," which was created in July 2010. During my thesis project, one of my goals was to photograph trails of smoke to describe pollution, which I could not shoot successfully nor conceptualize metaphorically, which I was starting to see was necessary to do for my original concept. I had to move forward, so, I began to focus, build, and shoot for the other images. It was just a sudden idea that really felt like a light bulb going off in my mind, and in the middle of night I thought of a real -good- solution...ink. I remembered a color film project I did years before with the sunlight and food color swirling in a glass of water. Trusting my instincts and visualizations, I started out experimenting with india ink, water, and a fish tank. Not entirely convinced and satisfied this was all I could do, I started to improvise and play with various substances. I exhibited just one image in my thesis from the hundreds shot in one night, although, since March 17, 2009, I started to string together a new concept and with an uncanny connection.
I found visual parallels between my ink trails and various images we have all seen documented from space satellites. Later, I saw more similar imagery that came from microscopic images of human body and brain. I kept those first ink shots hidden and stored until I would be ready to shoot a new conceptual series using just inks and water. The visual links, between the body, mind, and universe, seemed too surreal to ignore. This led to the ‘big bang’, so to speak, spawning a new body of conceptual work entitled, BRiNK. BRiNK is a collection of unaltered photographs illustrating the intangible human conscious as if it is something tangible. If we could physically see what the human mind looks and works like, I believe it would appear and be designed like universe.
The imagery in "BRiNK" was all shot by capturing the natural formations and sometimes unpredictable reactions various substances such as inks, oils, water, and even fire would produce in water. Soon start appearing these celestial-like bodies seen in the universe and the wonder is infinitely new each moment. "Universal Thoughts" consists of three images taken from the surface of water. One image was shot underneath the fish tank suspending from a method I'd never recommend trying... unless you saw moons illuminating the bottom. The similarities of earth and the sun were purely coincidental in the second image. The only editing was made in color enhancement and sizing. Every element was shot as is as it was conceived. I have never felt closer to the universe than this.

This image is from the "BRiNK" series created for a solo exhibition in August, 2010. The opening show was exhibited at Mobile Arts Council in August 2010. The original triptych is currently hanging at Crescent Theatre in Mobile, AL. **Sold in April 2011**

"Universal Thoughts" was later entered in the juried Etsy/NASA Space Craft Contest and chosen as Best in Show for the 2D Reproduction Category in March 2011. It will soon be 'hanging' in the universe starting July 8, 2011.

8" x 28" with border on Velvet Fine Art archival paper and printed with Epson archival inks (or Kodak Metallic Paper upon request.)

Signed by the artist. Numbered.

©2010 Nikkita Bhakta

Universal Thoughts


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