My Artwork

I make are paper art using topography data and images from spacecraft. The data is processed into layers and cut out of paper to create 3D sculptures of planetary surfaces across the solar system. I'm working on getting all of this content moved over to my new website, so there are more pictures and information there. A few pieces are described below. You can check out my Etsy shop if you're interested in something, and I do also take commissions for custom pieces with specific topography or surfaces of interest. Message me on Etsy to inquire.


The Book of Moon

This book is a copy of my PhD thesis. My research focused on the weathering rocks on the Moon due to the daily heating and cooling of its surface. Each day, thermal stresses form that can, over time, break down rocks into dust. Carved into the book is a cratered landscape created from topography data from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft, a landscape continuously modified by this weathering process. [The wooden box in this piece was handcrafted by Ricki Weaver, from RickisWoodWorks on Etsy.] This piece won the People's Choice Award at the 2015 Art of Planetary Science exhibition in Tucson, AZ.







































Chasma Boreale

This piece was creating using topography data of the north polar layered deposits of Mars from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter aboard the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. The deep canyon Chasma Boreale is featured in the bottom left. The layers, formed by seasonal melting and deposition of ice, contain a record of Mars' climate history made visible by the dust trapped within each layer. This is piece was originally created as a gift for the my PhD advisor, Dr. Shane Byrne. It won 1st Place in the Data Art category at the 2017 Art of Planetary Science exhibition in Tucson, AZ, and was displayed at the University of Arizona Museum of Art.























Ceres

This piece was creating using a digital elevation model produced by the Dawn mission from stereo images. Central to the figure is Kerwan impact crater on Ceres, an icy dwarf planet in the asteroid belt. The printed text is taken from research publications on Ceres and small body science authored by Dr. Andy Rivkin. This piece was originally created as a gift for Dr. Rivkin, who has been a valuable friend and mentor to me.









































Rings

This piece was created using an image of Saturn's rings from the Cassini spacecraft. While no topography data is available for the rings, the image was processed into layers by brightness. This piece was originally created as a gift for Dr. Joe Spitale, who has been a valuable friend and mentor to me.