Space Suit of the Week

If you met me as a child, you would learn that I haven’t always enjoyed imagining (and now reading about) how our bodies are protected from the vacuum of space. I was obsessed with dinosaurs until at least the 5th grade when I graduated to staring, for long periods of time, directly at the sun. Which is just a long and anecdotal way of saying  that I’ve never made my own Space Suit out of aluminium foil.

But it’s not too late.  Just last year, Aspen Mays made a space suit as part of her exhibition “1 percent of this is from The Big Bang.” The Space Suit above is titled “The Future of the Future.” Mays says this about the suit in a 2009 interview: “I do trace a lot of influence to a childhood feeling of possibility and armchair travel.  I grew up in a small town in the South where the worldview was fairly narrow, so a lot of my personal world was imagination and that kind of wanting to see something else. A piece like The Future of the Future is very connected to those kind of ideas.  With the mask being empty, it may feel a little melancholy in a lot of ways. But you could be inside that mask, it’s a sense of possibility.”

Mays’ work is fantastic, and much of it reflects her interest in science. If you’re interested in meteorites crashing through cubicles or curious about what Buckminster Fuller might have to do with a magic eight ball, I suggesting taking a field trip to her website. Currently, Mays is enjoying a Fullbright Scholarship in Santiago Chile, where she is working with astronomers.  I can’t wait to see how that experience manifests in her work.


July 16, 2010