Cosmic Zoo Series, “Queen of Cosmic Oceans”
Available from Boys Fort, Portland, Oregon.
Handbuilt, one-of-a-kind ceramic sculpture with riveted hammer-formed aluminum and various other mixed media. 24″h x 10″w x 9″ d, wall mount (with included bracket).
This one of a kind sculpture is another in my Cosmic Zoo series, intended to celebrate the ubiquitous arising of intelligent civilizations throughout time and space—infinitely in all directions, and infinitely backward and forward in time.
I could write pages about it, but basically I have this zany idea that there’s been a perpetually running Cosmic Art Show since, well, forever, where artists such as myself create art to enter in the show. No, I’ve never heard of this notion before, but if I thought it up, then countless others have thought/will think of it too, wherever they were/are/will be in spacetime.
This piece brings together many different media I’ve been developing for precisely such a purpose…to develop a “toolbox” of various light but strong, non-toxic, earth-friendly materials/methods that complement each other stylistically as well as structurally. And that are fun to work with!
This “alien” is one of the artists who had this same idea…kind of a cosmic curator…and although it’s impossible by the laws of physics for her to literally communicate with me, I still feel connected via logic and rationality to the multitudes of other artists participating in this infinitely long-running art show, who have arrived independently at this exact same notion and who created their own works to enter in this show.
I wonder if my entry looks like any of them?
I can’t put every last bit of motivation for this piece cleanly and completely into words…there is the idea of projecting thoughts infinitely in all directions…the infinite power of imagination…the similarity of ideas across space and time…identity with self-aware-intelligence rather than with the biology (or someday perhaps AI) that hosts it…well-wishing across the eons and parsecs to all other artists participating in the show…hope for each others’ civilizations to survive and thrive in peace, with a foundation of gratitude for the privilege of existence, and embracing the mystery that we are here at all!