OCTOPUS VISION ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FEAME FALL 2023
The octopus has by far the most complex eyes of all invertebrates. The complex eyes go hand-in-hand with the octopus's superior intelligence, and these two characteristics help us relate to them. Although the octopus eye contains only rods, seemingly limiting them to seeing just varying shades of black and white, the octopus can manipulate its eyes so that certain colors become visible to them. This has led many people to believe that an octopus and a human would see almost the same image. The more we discover about these interesting creatures, the more we realize just how special they are. The design for this octopus was strongly influenced by the Northwest Coast Native art tradition. I made the frame for this painting out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. I used the Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak to finish the frame.