Personal Journey Crafting James Webb

The purpose of crafting ‘The James Webb Space Telescope and the Universe of Emotions’ was to communicate,

in an abstract form, the discovery of a link between stars and emotions, and how they correspond with one another.

How we capture emotions and how the Webb Space Telescope captures stars was the pivotal link that inspired the creation

of the artwork. To communicate this link – the similarity between how we capture emotions and how the telescope captures

stars – by using an abstract art form required a carefully planned project to manage and execute the artwork successfully.

Initially, I planned to cut the pieces into smaller round shapes. Somehow, it did not ‘feel’ the way I initially envisaged in

the project plan. I reluctantly experimented with applying the round pieces to the material; I was unsatisfied with the

outcome. Coincidently, I discovered a box of mosaic pieces from another project, comprising various shapes. Each piece

represented an emotion and character that felt different. I immediately started working with these pieces and crafting new

pieces. The project plan was modified with new crafting processes to adapt to this positive change. Even though it had taken

months to plan, prepare and construct the art, including calculating the design of the shape of the Webb Space Telescope,

particularly the aperture ratio to the design of the primary mirror, cutting the small pieces, sorting by colour and shape,

and then applying the pieces onto the material, the process was still exhausting and resonated with an intensely

personal level. Each piece was unique, just as each star and emotion are unique. The patterns depicted in the

artwork represent stars and emotions orbiting one another, categorised as if they were sharing emotions in

asterisms. Since the art was handmade, I soon discovered working on this project was challenging.

It was labour-intensive, time-consuming, and significantly demanding, emotionally and physically.

We may experience fewer or more emotions at different events and intervals in our lifetimes.

The speed at which we process these emotions varies, and we sometimes delay the process,

attending to these emotions later in our lives. When we observe stars in the night sky with the

naked eye, we see a myriad of stars. Their light has taken many years to reach us, but how many of the

billions of stars are visible to us? Our scientists will continue to discover hidden stars in the future, just as our

stored emotions may be discovered or reprocessed years later. The experience of crafting this art was profoundly

therapeutic and meditative; inevitably, I began to connect emotions from my past, present and projected future.

Although the crafting took months to create, I felt that I processed emotions in a condensed period, more so than at

any other point in my life, producing an abundance of positive feelings and profound healings. There were frequent

emotions of pure solitude, radiation, harmony, inner calm, and balanced intrinsic journeys, accompanied by the

sense to process deeper emotions recalled from childhood and moving between countries. While the art was being

created, I felt a strong sense of continuation of the experience, processing and recalling many more emotions, which

paved the way for me to continue working on the art pieces and triggered my re-engagement in composing and

recording my acoustic music. I continued exploring my journey and gained a deeper understanding of the process

and discoveries. This unpacked deeper emotions in correlation with the Johari Window in Retrospective, specifically,

the significance of the fourth quadrant, which opened up several creations and works revealing shadow emotions.

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milliards of silent emotions, notions of inerasable mosaic grains

An Interconnection Correlation in Dossiers of Solace Tales

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Since crafting the piece in 2022, my journey has significantly shifted in 2023 and 2024. Learning about shadow emotions,

according to psychologists, has broadened my interpretation of my creative practices and comprehension of over 34,000

emotions, which means a lengthy journey to interlink the findings through my creative practices. I explored several

options to identify suitable art methods and pathways for communicating shadow emotions through art. By

the end of 2023, I was able to interlink and create more correlations with the James Webb Space Telescope

art piece: Keys of Rujms and Zions, Intermission Volumes 1, 2, Dossiers of Solace Tales and the Mosaic

Grains Collection following my travels to Wadi Rum. Shadow emotions were communicated abstractly

through videography in the Constellation Stations. Amongst my poetic themes written in Dossiers of Solace

Tales, influences from crafting the James Webb Space Telescope were portrayed in the 'Milliard Collection'. There is a

constant flow of new interpretations of the art piece and further developments in creating art and videography interlinking findings and creative practices.

Jay Horan

james webb telescope mosaic grains correlation
james webb telescope mosaic grains correlation

Read more about the science behind the art piece:

The James Webb Telescope

Read more about my other journeys:

Triangulation of handcraft, poetry and musical compositions

Intermission Volumes 1 and 2