For my thesis, I wanted to illustrate the first manned mission to Mars. My goal was to create a fictionalized and fantastical version of what it could be like based on research, to delve into the themes of exploration and discovery, as well as the hardships that are sure to follow.
With this thesis, I wanted to express that innate desire that human beings have to discover, to keep moving forward, to dream big and ask questions that may or may not have easy answers. Regardless of who we are and what we choose to be and whether we answer, I believe that everyone hears that call. Second, I wanted like to comment on how destructive human beings can be, too; how in our need to learn and consume and advance we have destroyed our home. Although Mars is by far the closest thing to Earth we can find, it is a desolate, unlivable place still. My hopes are that this will be a lesson to us to appreciate what we have, here. Lastly, I hope to put as much of the hope and wonder I feel when I think of space exploration into my pieces, and impart it on others. The fact that this event is inevitable now is exciting and completely wild, but I think that it will only get easier with passionate and inspired people driving it. I want everyone to look out further than our tiny spot in the universe and look towards our neighbors, to the millions of systems like ours, to the abyss and wonder.