Archived: Solare the Sun King by Persie Roberts-Mitchell

Bio: When I first started painting, I was exclusively interested in figure drawing. I have notebooks filled with just ballerinas. What fascinated me most about ballet was how the movement tells a story. Working on “Solare” and “Constellation” has been the first time I’ve told a story without dance, but I tried to keep the movement there. This project started with “did you ever hear about the drop of moonlight who fell to the earth? I hear she cried enough stars to fill the heavens.” It then morphed into Constellation and eventually Solare, who depicts the sun as the king of the solar system. Stars are born from the collapse of a gaseous nebula. It was really important to me to show that chaos and destruction with the King.