Dr. Sarah Jane Pell, Independent artist commercial diver
Award-winning artist Dr. Sarah Jane Pell is leading first generation artist-astronaut crews of the commercial spaceflight era. Her pioneering practice seeks to embody, and critique, the culture of exploration from sea, to summit, to space. She performs expressively and builds novel prototype apparatus to test and communicate from the field. Artifacts include sculptural, technical, poetic and media events. Dr. Pell is an Astronaut Candidate for a suborbital aeronomy mission, an experienced Simulation Astronaut for undersea trials, and imagineer for a MoonVillage. Her work promotes physical conditioning, creative visualization and communication.
Dr. Pell is an experienced Occupational Diver, aquatic performer and versatile art and science collaborator. Her work is widely exhibited, performed, published and recognized. She was awarded Best PhD Art & Science by Leonardo AS, MIT 2007 and TED Fellow 2010. The first artist to graduate from the International Space University and Singularity University, she serves as Co-Chair of the European Space Agency (ESA) Topical Team Arts & Science, Senior Space Art Consultant to Icarus Interstellar, and Senior Advisor Diving to the Maritime Union of Australia. Bending Horizons 2015-2017 documents her own expression during extreme art adventures in space analogue environments undersea, at altitude and in microgravity. Dr. Pell aims to contribute new knowledge on human behaviors, bio-sensory media and communication design for extreme performance. She is a Australia Council Fellow in Experimental and Emerging Arts.