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Asni’s Art Blog: Ground Control to Major Tom

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Can you hear me, Major Tom?

Asni’s Art Blog: Space Shuttle

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Having a permanent space station in orbit is all well and fine, but how to get people and materials on and off it?

Asni’s Art Blog: International Space Station

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It is time I picked up the thread of my series on art inspired by real existing space exploration.

Asni’s Art Blog: Matariki

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Happy New Year from New Zealand!

Asni’s Art Blog: Star Wars Popularity Contest: Boba Fett

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I've come across quite a staggering amount of Boba Fett art considering that this is at best a secondary character.

Asni’s Art Blog: Star Wars Popularity Contest: Old Friends

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What other trilogy has brought back the original actors, playing the same parts, 40 years on?

Asni’s Art Blog: Star Wars Popularity Contest: Rey

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if I had been privileged to see this movie as an impressionable teenager, I would have been profoundly in love with Rey.

Asni’s Blog: The Peahen Incident

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New Zealand has become a clean, green, and liberal Utopia to a lot of people. For the last thirteen years, I have experienced something very different.

Asni’s Art Blog: Drop whatever else you’re doing, Star Wars is...

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Enjoy! And may the force be with you in the new year 2016.

Asni’s Art Blog: Moon Landing

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I belong to a generation who have grown up in the knowledge that humans can fly to the moon.

Asni’s Art Blog: Astronaut / Cosmonaut

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A whole difference in cultural outlook, summed up in a slight difference in terminology.

Asni’s Art Blog: Sputnik

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Let's see if we can throw a ball into space so it stays in orbit, and attach some radio antennae!

Asni’s Art Blog: Magic Goose

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If you thought baby rabbits were the pinnacle of cute, I recommend you try goslings.

So What Does a Rapist Look Like Then?

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George Lawlor has publicly posed the question. Maybe we should ask DeviantArt?

Asni’s Art Blog: Satellite Dish

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Satellite dishes aren't usually considered to have great visual appeal, but the collection of images I found is surprisingly poetic.

Asni’s Art Blog: Laser

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Who can resist a laser gun wielding blonde with a tattoo on her ass, riding a dinosaur? Not me.

Asni’s Art Blog: Refugees

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Images have power. Nothing has shown that more clearly than the sudden turn of the tide in the current refugee crisis.

Asni’s Art Blog: Escalator

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Stairway to Heaven, Highway to Hell – escalators symbolise glitzy promises of glamour, or the grunge of broken down technology.

Asni’s Art Blog: Robot

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So what’s the difference between a robot, an android (or droid), and a cyborg?

Asni’s Art Blog: Power Lines

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The photographers have been at work.

Asni’s Art Blog: Space Station

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Space stations are a technological reality, but also a quintessential locus for projecting dreams about a bright technological future which might take humans to the stars.

Asni’s Art Blog: Cosmic Peacock

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Did you know there is a whole religion involving the worship of a cosmic peacock? You'd never know where poultry keeping could lead you!

Asni’s Art Blog: Chickens in Armour

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Turns out there is a veritable sub-culture of Chickens in Armour.

Asni’s Art Blog: Space Rabbit

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I’ve been a bit stuck for a topic, so I punched “space rabbit” into DeviantArt's search field. This is the result: Enjoy!

Asni’s Art Blog: Legends of New Zealand

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New Zealand is an island of birds. So it is not surprising that birds feature in many Maori legends.

Asni’s Art Blog: Feng Huang

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The Feng Huang is often referred to as the "Chinese Phoenix", but similarities between the two mythological birds are superficial: rather than death and resurrection, Feng Huang symbolises balance between yin and yang.

Asni’s Art Blog: Garuda

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Continuing my survey of magical bird creatures from West to East, the next stop is India.

Asni’s Art Blog: Simurgh

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The Persian Simurgh – always a female – is known to be a defeater of poisonous snakes, and knowledgeable in the healing arts.