Amy from Across the Universe
This is one of a series of four portraits by artist Christine Tyler in the tradition of Alphonse Mucha. Just as Mucha used symbolism in his portraits, Christine has added so many layers of symbolism into these portraits.
If you’ve read Across the Universe, you can probably spot some of them in this portrait of Amy—but read on to see if you can catch all the different symbols hidden in the image!
And coming soon: portraits of Ella and Jack, the main characters in Beth Revis’s newest sci fi novel, The Body Electric!
- The flowers in her hair are amaryllises. In my very first draft of of Across the Universe, Amy’s name was short for Amaryllis, and she was frozen with a flower bulb. But that was a touch too complicated for the story, so I cut it.
- The fish in the corners symbolize Harley’s nickname for Amy, Little Fish.
- The pond in the background of the story is the pond hiding the portal to escape the ship.
- Amy’s background is green to represent phydus, likewise the edges of the circle have little splashes to represent the water laced with phydus.
- In the icons of the circle around them are snowflakes, to represent how cold and lonely Amy was in cryogenic freezing.
- Amy’s holding a cross, to show her faith.