James Webb Space Telescope Images Tap into American Self-Mythologizing, Trevor Paglen Says

“The color pallet and compositions make an implicit argument we understand subconsciously: that looking at the depths of the cosmos is akin to looking into the 19th Century American frontier. Aesthetically, they tap into some intense American self-mythologizing.”
– American artist Trevor Paglen, invoking art historian Elizabeth Kessler’s Picturing the Cosmos (2012) as the world marvels at the first (heavily edited) images captured by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope
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