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As far as exhibition spaces go, it doesn’t get much bigger than the moon. And Canberra’s Janet Thatcher is among those who can say her work has found its way to the final frontier. The artist is one of nearly 300 extras over the 22 seasons of the television show Put Some Color in Your Life. The entire series has been selected for inclusion in the Lunar Codex – or “the museum on the moon” – which will be propelled to the lunar south pole as part of the NASA Viper rover and Astrobotic Griffin mission in 2023. It’s safe to say for Thatcher – who was unaware that the documentary series was nominated to go to the moon until it was confirmed – the news of his unusual opportunity was an unexpected delight. READ MORE: “One day, very randomly, I got an email from Graeme Stevenson – who founded the show – saying, ‘You’re going to the moon’. And I was like, ‘What? Is it some kind of prank or something’?” Thatcher said. “Once the shock wears off and I’ve had time to process it, it’s just so amazing. You’re never going to achieve something like that again. Going to the moon is pretty high end. “It will show a variety of my work, as well as the process of my work, and it’s also a bit of my story.” Color Your Life is a TV show based in Murwillumbah, NSW. The series is made up of 24-minute art documentaries about artists in their studios which are then distributed to television networks in over 50 counties, as well as online streaming services and Smart TV apps. The Thatcher episode first aired in 2015 and focused on her hyper-realistic style. a leopard patch during the show, which was based on a photo by an English photographer,” says Thatcher. “Hyperrealistic wildlife is kind of my jam. That’s what I do. And basically the show just saw me sit down and work on the piece, I finish the piece and they ask me questions during the process.” Some of the other artists on Put Some Color in Your Life include Ken Done, Ernie Dingo, Eric Rhoads, leading art promoter Joseph Zbukvic, watercolourist De Gillett, Alvaro Castagnet and Herman Pekel.”When I started this business in 2009, my vision was to build a library of the minds of artists, preserving a digital record of the creative spirit, culture, and techniques for future generations,” says show founder Graeme Stevenson. “I had no idea that the library would be kept on the moon. It’s just breathtaking. The Lunar Codex is a project to preserve contemporary creative arts for future generations – similar to a time capsule. The entire project will see the work of more than 5,000 creatives sent to the moon in three lunar capsules, launched on three separate missions. “We hope that future travelers who find these time capsules will experience some of the richness of our world today,” says Lunar Codex curator and physicist Samuel Peralta. “The Lunar Codex responds to the idea that, despite wars, pandemics and climatic upheavals, humanity has found time to dream, time to create art.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date information to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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