Asteroid Ida, batik on silk, 101.75” x 36.5”
Asteroid Ida, batik on silk, 101.75” x 36.5”

MAPPING THE PLANETS IN SILK AND SOUND

A touring exhibition available in 2016

Mapping the Planets in Silk and Sound, a multimedia exhibition, offers a unique approach to our corner of the universe: the solar system. Large-scale silk batiks by artist Mary Edna Fraser provide insights into each planet’s personality, addressing ground-breaking science of space images, distant galaxies, and geology. Monotype prints on paper further extend the interpretation of aerial phenomena. Planetary scientist Ted Maxwell of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies provides text as the viewer experiences silk galaxies and heavenly bodies. 55 minutes of music composed by Mark Mercury evokes the majesty of our nine planetary worlds. Anne Collins Goodyear, who specializes in the relationship of art to science of technology, will add her commentary.

EXHIBITION HISTORY

May 19, 2001 – June 9, 2001
Old City Jail installation Charleston, SC

September 13, 2013 – October 20, 2013
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

PRESS

“Mapping the Planets” crosses disciplines, Manitou Messenger, by Vivian Williams, September 20, 2013

Exhibition List

Batiks on Silk
Asteroid Ida, 101.75″ x 36.5″
Comet West, 88″ x 35″
Crater Aurelia (Venus), 56.5″ x 48.375″
Dark Spot (Neptune), 53″ x 45″
Dying Star, 30.125″ x 54″
Earthrise, 139.75″ x 36″
Eye of God, 52.875″ x 51.5″
Faint Disk (Uranus), 45.675″ x 43.375″
Heavenly Body, 40.375″ x 52.675″
Io’s Shadow (Jupiter), 39.75″ x 49″
Mercury’s Rays, 40″ x 36″
Our Galaxy, 114.75″ x 53.5″
Pacific Full Moon, 51.375″ x 44.25″
Pluto and Charon, 100″ x 55″
Rings of Ice (Saturn), 44.625″ x 36″
Slice of Mars, 116.75″ x 35″
Sun Spot, 46.5″ x 35.675″
The Pleiades, 36.375″ x 50″

Framed Giclée Prints on Paper
Lord of the Rings, 21″ x 31″
Sea of Serenity, 15″ x 30″
Spiral Galaxy, 31″ x 30″
Stretched Spiral, 31″ x 21″
Venus, 31″ x 15″

Monotypes on Paper
Another World, 2.5″ x 5″
Depths of Blue, 11″ x 5″
Distant Storms, 9″ x 5″
Earthview, 5″ x 9″
Envelope of Time, 30″ x 22.5″
Moon, 14.75″ x 5″
Neon Window, 22.5″ x 5″
Other Worlds, 11.5″ x 11.5″
Plateau, 22.5″ x 5″
Thunder, 10.5″ x 4″
Wind, 8.75″ x 15.25″

PROJECT PERSONNEL

Mary Edna Fraser, artist; Dr. Ted A. Maxwell, Senior Scientist at the National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies; Mark Mercury, composer; Jill Ewald, curator; Anne Goodyear, President, College Art Association, Co-Director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Collaborators Ted Maxwell, Mark Mercury, Mary Edna Fraser and Anne Goodyear

Collaborators Ted Maxwell, Mark Mercury, Mary Edna Fraser and Anne Goodyear

A virtual tour of the Old City Jail room with an iPIX camera documented the initial exhibition.