Digital Cottagecore: Hannah Moesker Dreams Up an AI-Generated City Among Stars
In a galaxy far, far away, a utopian city sparkles among the stars. Netherlands-based artist Hannah Moesker uses unadulterated artificial intelligence (AI) to create this alternate universe where a million points of light lead the way.
Abandoning source material and found images, Hannah works entirely with AI-powered app WOMBO Dream to fabricate the charmed lives of her galaxy’s residents. You won’t find any people in her dreamy works, but their belongings—books and records tucked into tiny cottage spaces—catch and reflect the panoramic starlight, edges softened by a syrupy atmospheric haze. “I want to show a world of beauty and magic on a strange planet,” Hannah writes in her artist statement. “A world to long for, a place to rest, a dream. Just to temporarily distract from pain, stress, and business in our real lives and find back the beauty, humility, and gratitude.”
Hannah packs her otherworldly works with any cozy, magical detail you can imagine—comparing her work to The Lord of the Rings’ enchanted elven kingdom Lothlórien wouldn’t be far off mark. The result is digital artwork that soothes your soul and inspires a restful sigh. The depth in Hannah’s artwork creates a cosmos that appears infinite, a characteristic she attributes to AI’s capabilities: “I would never have made paintings with so much depth, details, and unexpected blends as what can be done with AI,” she notes.
Hannah’s art is accompanied by short stories overflowing with descriptors that have “positive energy,” further setting the scene in her shimmering dreamworld—think of it as a form of guided meditation. Imagine, just for a moment: “An evening on the planet in the galaxy, sitting in your garden and contemplating your day. You have a nice, comfy lounger and some pillows. And there you are, beneath a beautiful starry sky.”
“I want to show a world of beauty and magic on a strange planet. A world to long for, a place to rest, a dream.” — Hannah Moesker
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