In November 2014 for the first time in history a robotic probe was landed on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The data received by the Rosetta mission of the European Space Agency inspired Ekaterina to create a set of works of the comet.
It was discovered that water on this comet (ice) is very different from the water on Earth. In her studio the artist generated water that is similar in composition to the water found on 67P by concentrating the level of HDO, using electrolysis (blog). She uses this water to paint the artwork.
Through art Ekaterina studies a relationship between humans and the Universe, understanding the connection, the influence and the effect on each other. She pays close attention to the achievements of scientists in Space study. That's why Rosetta mission is very important to the Ekaterina.
The paintings are based on the photography taken by the instruments on board of the spacecraft (OSIRIS, Nav. cam.). The focus of these paintings is the water of the comet, which helps to understand how did the water come on the planet Earth. To paint comet’s jets of vapor Ekaterina uses splashing technique, vaporizing watercolor paint before it hits the paper, this allows her to create an effect of mist, little droplets of water streaming with a strong force to the dark vacuum of space. Painting most of the work without touching paper with a brush, with 30 to 40 layers, helps to achieve complex textures on the painting.
67P III. 70"x52"
70"x52". Study of the vapor.
67P VIII: Claudia Alexander Gate
Scientists from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission are honoring their deceased colleague, Claudia Alexander of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, by naming a feature after her on the mission's target, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Alexander, who died in July 2015 at age 56, was the project scientist for the U.S. portion of the mission.
67P X, 52"x38"
67P VII. 70"x52". Vapor study.
67P XII. 70"x52".
ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft is set to complete its incredible mission in a controlled descent to the surface of Comet 67P/C-G on 30 September 2016. This painting depicts the landing site of Rosetta.
Read more: sci.esa.int
67P XII. 70"x52". Vapor study, spectrographic view.
67P II. Rock Study 70"x52"
67P I. 70"x52". Vapor study.
67P V. 70"x52".
67P XI, 52"x38"
80"x52". Study of the vapor.
67P. 90"x258", 5 panel