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Los Angeles-based artist Aspen Mays uses science as a lens to explore the vexing and unanswerable questions of life: Questions about the the limits of knowledge, the nature of existence and feelings of cosmic loneliness. Many of Aspen's projects are realized with the help of scientists and other experts. She worked with the Adler planetarium in Chicago to send a lawnchair and a digital camera up to the edge of Earth's atmosphere. For another project called Sun Ruins she hung out with astrophysicists at an observatory in Chilie and made work using discarded prints and negatives she found in their abandoned darkroom.
Like a scientist, artist Aspen Mays' work is about the search for knowledge. However, unlike a scientist, she's much more interested in the search than the knowledge. For her, science is a kind of lens to explore the vexing and unanswerable questions of life: Questions about the the limits of knowledge, the nature of existence and whether or not we're alone in the cosmos.

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