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Painting: Acrylic, Spray Paint, Oil on Canvas.
This piece was part of my solo exhibition called '42' at the Magpie Art Collective 6th October - 9th November 2018.
The overall effect was that of terraforming the planet. I was going to give this painting an aquatic name — due to the jellyfish-like creatures and the watery feel — but decided it was more of an earth/water/amoeba/DNA strand mix — an origins of the planet-type-deal. There was a space at the top of the painting that needed something and after meditating on the painting for hours, I eventually saw a brain. So, that’s how the blue brain was born. It reminded me of ‘the mind of God’ or what scientists now call ‘intelligent design’ which I thought would be an ideal name for the piece.
I like to read up on alternative history and theories about our planets evolution (and, indeed, our own evolution and origins) which is also a major influence in this piece — especially drawing from the work of British author and journalist, Graham Hancock, and Belgian author, lecturer and researcher, Robert Bauval.
I hope this piece transports the viewer to a time — in our distant past — when life and civilization was being created.