I traveled to the island of Kefalonia, Greece in May of 2017 to collaborate on a large public mural in front of a primary school. The project was part of an artist residency program hosted by Georgia State University and the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture. I was assigned the role of lead artist, and, working with four artist assistants, I oversaw the conceptualization, design, and execution of the mural within a two-week time span.
The mural concept is based on celestial navigation in Ancient Greece. It features elements of the mythological story of the Pleiades sisters as it relates to the star cluster of the same name, which was observed by ancient sailors to mark the beginning of the sailing season. The mural also features an astrolabe, which was invented in Ancient Greece, and can be thought of like a compass for the stars. The literal translation of astrolabe in Greek to English is “Star Taker,” which we decided to title the mural in homage to the students of the school.