Video of 67p III, Exploring a vapor of the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.


In November 2014 for the 1st time in the human history a robotic probe was landed on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The data received from the comet has inspired me to create a set of works about the comet.

It was discovered that water on this comet (ice) is very different from the water on Earth. In my studio I am generating a special water that is close to the one found on 67P to paint with it. Here is more information at a blog post.

All paintings are made with a hand-mixed watermedia on Arches watercolor paper using only the water enriched with D2O.




Ekaterina Smirnova is a New York based artist, primarily working with large scale watercolor. Ekaterina’s work is highly inspired by space, her paintings implement science (astronomy, physics and chemistry). Ekaterina often travels, in the past few years she went the art residencies in Japan (Kofu city, Yamanashi), Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona, USA), Ireland, Austria (Neuhauser Kunstmühle, Salzburg). Ekaterina’s watercolors strive to break the medium’s typical physical boundaries, overflowing onto 2,5 meters tall rolls of paper, revealing new possibilities. She paints with large hardware brushes on rough textured paper, splashes, sprays, and wipes, washing away accuracy and exactness. In all of her explorations, Ekaterina seeks to move beyond established norms of the watercolor community. In her recent goals Ekaterina is planing implementing electronics into her watercolor works, while working in collaboration with scientists, musicians and engineers.

Solo exhibitions include: A very Small Part of Something Very Big, Solo show, Kofu City Hall, Japan; Novosibirsk City Center of Visual Arts, Novosibirsk, Russia; Rethinking Watercolor, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, NY; and Watercolors at Chashama Gallery, NY; among others.

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