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DBE Earthling Tattoo Seal

DBE Earthling Tattoo Seal


Idrija lace

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space

The story of DBE Data Bank of Emotions began four years ago when I was invited to take part at ESA ESTEC Lunar Simulation Mission at Nordwijk (May 2015). There, I experienced the feeling of isolation that one might feel in vast outer space. This led to my proposal of an art project which would help alleviate the feelings of isolation and connect astronauts with Earth. I proposed my lace figure „stem cell“- as a Tattoo and a fragrance DBE data bank of emotions, to keep astronauts on space missions in tune with the Earthling in them…

The proposed DBE – Data Bank of Emotions – Earthling Tatoo Seal is the 3D form of my Stem Cell Potential image. This image stems from my Gr@y Matter- language of Shadows project in which I explored the communication abilities of shadows. For this purpose, I borrowed the Periodic table of Chemical Elements from the natural Sciences and replaced chemical elements with my shadow images visualizing emotions.

Earthling tattoo Seal is the result of translating my image from the “Confident” series within the Periodic Table of Shadowed Emotions into the traditional lace pattern of Idrija. The lace form of this image with its twists and turns, passing from black to white and negative to positive, illustrates the twists and turns in life and inside the bodies of each and every one of us. We all have shadows and we all have emotions, whether we acknowledge them or not. Like shadows, emotions are also ungraspable. Appearing and disappearing, they often trick us. They are like the twists and turns in my image Stem Cell translated into the pattern of Idrija lace. Passing from black to white and negative to positive, this image illustrates the ups and downs in life and inside the bodies of each and every one of us. Therefore, I named it Stem Cell Potential.

Transferred into a lace pattern, my Stem Cell Potential figure visualizes and expresses the interconnectivity within our own selves – our bodies when viewed on the cellular micro level; and within our society on a macro level,  among societies on a planetary level as well as on the level of stars at an intergalactic level. We are all part of the pattern, similar to lace, where everyone is connected, sustaining and being sustained by a yet bigger pattern.Stem Cell Potential is a TOTEM to the many and often invisible ways we are interconnected amongst each other, showing and rejoicing the potentiality arising from this which is existing within each person.

My Stem Cell lace figure shows not only the zig-zags and twists and turns of life but also the interweaving myriad of connections that form human society and connect humans, just as love does. It shows further that we are like threads, caught in loops of emotions in patterns of past and future generations of human society. Thus, it seems to me to be the perfect seal with which to confirm the presence of the human, of “the Earthling” in the astronauts, wherever they might be.

Technical information:

Artwork name:

DBE Earthling Tattoo Seal




Eva Petric



This work is part of the following collection:

Moon Gallery

Idrija lace



1 x 1 x 1 cm

Sculpture, Textile


IAAA Art Style:

Launch vehicle / mission:

Antares 230+ / NG-17 Cygnus resupply mission

Host spacecraft / hardware:

International Space Station



Launch location:

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Launch date:

19 Feb 2022

Orbit / space location:

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

Return vehicle:

SpaceX Dragon 2

End date:

11 January 2023



Client / Agency:

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space


Eva Petric

Multimedia artist


Eva Petric


Moon Gallery


Moon Gallery


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