Cosmoctopus – 2020, collage, 61cm x 92cm/24in x 36in, © 2020 Dixon Adair


Inspired by the drawings of Ernst Haeckel and fascinated by Hubble telescope images, I fashioned a cosmos put into motion by exotic Cephalopods (octopi and squids) and Scyphozoa (jellyfish).

On the left, a sun bursting with tentacles reaches out into the cosmos, beyond containment of an astrolabe.  The Eye of Providence captures multiple universes in an optical illusion.

On the right, a SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) satellite serves as the bell of a jellyfish drifting off, spawning new worlds.  A spider spins a star-studded dewy web.

Below, mimicking the spider and atop another satellite dish, is a representation of the earth’s protective magnetic field.

Starfish, diatoms, nautiluses, and shells open up new life, probes, and worm holes.  A cosmic nest bearing eggs contains assorted postage stamp images.

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