Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Blake, Marty


Illustration, psychology of space exploration, si-fi illustration, space advanture, space art

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Fine Arts


The aim of this thesis is to investigate the psychological phenomena that astronauts experience during long-term space missions and to find their relationship with space-themed artworks. By analyzing the psychology of space exploration, this thesis finds that by inserting those phenomena into an appropriate plot and exaggerating it can create compelling and imaginative work. Secondly, this thesis categorizes several plot types that are frequently found in space- themed sequential artworks. This thesis also reflects on the impact of the current Covid-19 epidemic on human psychology, similar to long duration solitude impact on cosmonauts. Finally, this thesis discusses the visual thesis I created by using the theories listed above.In conclusion, the thesis argues that by analyzing the psychology of space exploration, the boundaries of the artists' fantasies are broadened. Through the space-themed artworks, the imagination of the future is conveyed to the audience and provokes thoughts.


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