A cuttlefish inking space.
The cuttlefish in this painting is a member of the class Cephalopoda, which also includes octopuses, squid and nautiluses. Cephalopods, the smartest invertebrates, are seemingly alien creatures, separated from humans by hundreds of millions of years of evolution. Though they inhabit the oceans of Earth, they are as close to extraterrestrial intelligences as are found on our home planet. Their nervous systems are decentralized in a manner wholly unlike those of mammals, and yet some species of cephalopods are still capable of solving complex problems just like humans are, exemplifying convergent evolution. These fascinating animals may serve as an example of an alternative form that intelligence may take in creatures that evolve on foreign planets. The wonders of life on Earth must inspire us to search for even stranger lifeforms in the abyss of space.
Original painting is oil and acrylic on canvas, 41 x 33 cm.
Originally from Boston, USA, Hannah Payette Peterson has lived in Chile and Spain over the past several years and is now based in Berlin, Germany. She is a graduate of Amherst College with majors in biology and Spanish; she now works as a neuroscientist in a research lab and creates paintings in her studio in Berlin. Her artwork is very much inspired by her love of science (especially biology and astronomy) and science fiction. Her pop-surrealist style, developed with influence from artists such as Rene Magritte and magical realist literature, allows her to mix several ideas and themes into one ...
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.