e pluribus unum

 

 

When asked about the most astounding fact that he could share with us, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson talks about how the atoms that comprise the human body and render life on Earth possible are traceable back to the original elements in space that collapsed under immense pressure, scattering their matter all over the Universe. When those gas clouds condensed, their ingredients - carbon, nitrogen, oxygen - formed a new generation of solar systems to include our own, and an atmosphere conducive to life itself. So rather than looking at the night sky and denoting that we are a part of the Universe, you could say that the Universe is a part of us. 

E Pluribus Unum connotes the idea of individuality as opposed to insignificance. We are all individuals, but we also coexist. The fact that we all come from the same atoms as the stars we marvel at creates an intrinsic level of connectivity. So often we feel detached, insignificant or irrelevant, but the reality is we negate that concept simply by being alive, by being a participant in the goings on around us. The following portraits reflect a dualism we experience every day; rationality and ethereality. A map of stars overlays each individual's portrait, in accordance with their unique astrological sign; a depiction of the magnitude of the Universe in relation to how we as humans experience it.