Dunsborough Artist Paula Wiegmink, was thrilled to learn that her TV Art Documentary, produced by Put Some Colour in Your Life would be heading to the moon with SpaceX and NASA on their mission in 2023.
Paula explained, “I was over the moon about the news. It was almost unimaginable something like this could happen to a regional artist like me”.
Little did I know what a journey my painting would take me on. To know that the incredible rhino will be on the moon for future generations to see. Hopefully still roaming the earth.
For the last twenty years of Paula’s life the rhino has had an enormous presence. Her passion for wildlife with special interest in endangered species has been the prime motivation in her art. Sadly the rhino species is still as much under threat if not more, due to wildlife crime, human conflict and habitat loss.
Paula was thrilled when she was contacted by Graeme Stevenson, CEO of the Television Art Program ‘Put Some Colour In Your Life’ inviting her to be a featured artist shortly after she relocated to Dunsborough from Perth, Western Australia in 2014.
Graeme asked Paula if she would recreate the image of a painting she had previously painted which is currently the face of the Duke Ingram and Rubin Besireis One. Fight. Unite. SAY NO Poster awareness campaign for endangered species, launched in London, UK.
The painting was created especially for World Rhino Day in 2012. Titled ‘Tears of the rhino’-hear my voice, acrylic on canvas, depicts the animal crying tears of blood. This confronting image conveyed the message the artist was trying to send. The painting was featured on the WESSA stand during the Sunday Tribune Garden and Home Show, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. During the show Paula did another large scale painting of a rhino to highlight the critical position the species is in. This painting was donated to raise funds for the cause.
‘Tears of the rhino’ became the face of Duke Ingram and Rubin Besureis, One. Fight. Unite SAY NO poster awareness campaign. Launched in London, UK the poster has been signed by: Dame Daphne Sheldrick, Tonya Littlewolf, Noel Fitzpatrick, Kevin Richardson, Sir David Attenborough, Virginia Mckenna, Dr Jane Goodall and Brian May among many others.
Through this collaboration with Duke Ingram and Rubin Besureis, Paula was officially invited to attend Dr Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots awards event in London, UK 2019.
Paula accepted the invitation and was delighted to meet and chat with Dr Jane Goodall during the one day event. Dr Goodall very kindly signed a book recently gifted to Paula by a friend, written by Jane. Meeting Jane was a ‘Bucket List’ moment for Paula.
Recreating the painting live on TV was a challenge for the artist, considering that it was created a few years prior. The film crew travelled from the east coast where they are based to film the artist in her studio in Dunsborough, WA.
Paula said, “Dreams really do come true so never say never and aim for the moon!”
You can view the art show that is heading to the moon below : (Please feel free to leave a comment)
Paula is represented by The Studio Gallery, Marrinup Rd, Yallingup, Western Australia where you can view her work: https://thestudiogallery.com.au/artist/1203-paula-wiegmink
Artists for Conservation: https://www.artistsforconservation.org/artists/873
“The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen.”~ Shannon L. Alder
Below is the press release from the Art TV Show, Put Some Colour In Your Life:
AUSTRALIAN TV SERIES ROCKETS TO THE MOON WITH SPACEX AND NASA
Art TV show, Put Some Colour in Your Life, received the exciting news that all 22 seasons of their TV art documentaries will be included in the Lunar Codex or “the Museum on the Moon”, rocketed via the Astrobotic Griffin / NASA VIPER ROVER / SpaceX Falcon Heavy mission headed to the Lunar South Pole due to land in 2023.
Graeme Stevenson OAM, CEO and founder of Put Some Colour in Your Life, was over the moon when payload co-ordinator and curator Dr. Samuel Peralta (physicist), confirmed that all of the nearly 300 artists who have been filmed over the past 12 years in 7 countries will be represented.
Put Some Colour in Your Life TV show based in Murwillumbah, Northern NSW, Australia, films 24-minute TV art documentaries about artists in their studios and then distributes the show to TV networks in over fifty counties, as well as many online streaming services and Smart TV apps.
“When I began this business back in 2009, my vision was to build a library of the minds of artists, preserving a digital record of creative spirit, culture, and techniques for future generations”, Graeme explained,” I had no idea that the library would be kept on the moon. It is just mind blowing!”
“The Lunar Codex — http://www.lunarcodex.com- is a project to preserve contemporary creative arts for future generations, a message-in-a-bottle to the future,” explained Dr. Samuel Peralta, creator of the enterprise. “It is sending the work of 5000+ creative artists to the Moon in three lunar exhibits / time capsules to be launched via three separate missions to the Moon over 2021-2023.”
Colour in Your Life will be joining the Polaris Collection, on the third mission, and is mentioned in the Peregrine collection in the first mission. Polaris data will be on nickel-shielded memory cards. The Colour in Your Life archive will join other short and full-length films already included in the time capsule, including several feature films and short films, documentaries, and an Emmy Award winning film.
Some of the Colour in Your Life artists included in this collection are Ken Done, Ernie Dingo, Eric Rhoads – the world’s leading art promoter, Joseph Zbukvic – the number one watercolour artist in the world, De Gillett, Alvaro Castagnet and Herman Pekel. You can see the full list here: https://www.colourinyourlife.com.au/featured-artists/
“Our hope is that future travellers who find these time capsules will discover some of the richness of our world today,” Dr. Samuel Peralta said. “The Lunar Codex speaks to the idea that, despite wars, pandemics and climate upheaval, humankind found time to dream, time to create art.”