11 Paintings By Former Yukon Artist On The Way To The Moon

I’ve interviewed many artists in the years I hosted the afternoon show on CBC Radio in Whitehorse, but only one decided to take me to the moon.

Heather Horton Whedon lived and worked in the Yukon for a few years and we had some nice conversations. She was always an interesting, thoughtful interview and a great performer.

She left the area several years ago, but we kept in touch. A few weeks ago, she sent me a note saying that some of her work would be featured in the upcoming Lunar Codex, a plan to digitize the work of hundreds of creatives and shoot them to the moon.

And she asked if an interview we did could be recorded.

A painting by Canadian artist Heather Horton Whedon that will be included in the lunar codex. (Photo by Heather Horton Whedon)

The Lunar Codex has been called the “most comprehensive and diverse culture collection ever launched to the moon.”

Physicist and storyteller Samuel Peralta is the coordinator of the project.

“What we’re trying to do is archive contemporary artists and writers and musicians and filmmakers in a time capsule,” says Peralta. “Except this time, the time capsule isn’t under a building, it’s going to the moon with rockets.”

There will be three separate trips to the moon starting next year, and the bulk of the payload will be NASA science projects. Peralta has been given space for small discs that will contain the art he has composed.

“(Sam) has been collecting for a long time and I’m really happy to be involved in this,” said Horton Whedon.

“It’s quite expensive,” Peralta said. “You can buy tickets to the space now, if you have the deep pockets for it. I don’t have those kind of deep pockets, otherwise I would buy a ticket myself. But I have enough money to buy a piece of the space.”

The first two journeys of the Lunar Codex will feature art, the third will be larger and also include film and audio components, like the interview Heather and I did a few years ago.

Heather Horton Whedon’s painting of her cat Sasha will also be included. (Photo by Heather Horton Whedon)

Horton Whedon is delighted that two of her 11 paintings depict her cat Sasha.

“He died while I was locked up, and I couldn’t be with him,” she said. “He was such a good friend. So I messaged Sam, knowing the photos would come in a digital format and he might be able to make room for a painting of Sasha.”

In the end, two paintings with Sasha were added to the collection.

“I’ll never look at the moon the same way again.”

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