The aesthetic I have chosen for my upcycle project is spacecore. I picked this aesthetic because it shares some of the qualities of my previous post’s aesthetic: retro-futurism. Both of them take advantage of the night sky, technology, bright colors, and ethereal images. The reason I did not go with retro-futurism is because I thought it may be a little difficult to find materials that have the “retro” quality I would need, and I’m not a good enough artist to draw in the scenes myself.
I’m planning on mostly using cardboard, spray paint, and acrylic paint to make a sort of collage/mosaic that depicts a colorful interpretation of outer space. I have yet to decide, but I hope I can incorporate some aluminum into the design too. I could use soda cans to represent space ships or aluminum foil to represent an astronaut. I plan on using spray paint and other materials to make the color of the planets in the sky as well as the highlights and shadows, then by putting cups over them, I can paint the surrounding area black to make the planets look nice and rounded. I will also make stars by flicking white paint off a paint brush, letting it scatter randomly over the black background.
In the foreground, I’m planning on cutting up pieces of cardboard, painting them, and arranging them to make a UFO with aliens inside, abducting a cow (or something like that). I will have to get started on actually making the art piece before I know for certain what I want the result to look like. Also, I want to layer the cardboard pieces to make the finished product look more three-dimensional, adding some depth and more intricacy. I could also use some cardboard pieces to make a landscape, like its a picture taken standing on another planet. Other than that, I don’t have any more specific plans, and I’m unsure if I will stick to the plans I’ve already set out. However, I will do my best to commit to the spacecore aesthetic throughout the project.
I think the aesthetic concept of spacecore leaves a lot up to me as far as creativity, imagination, and artistry. This aesthetic is something I can get excited about and look forward to working on. I’m feeling enthusiastic about this project. Space itself is one of the most intriguing and inspiring things this world has to offer in my opinion. It is such a massive, unpredictable, lawless place where truly anything is possible.