Emergence

"Ask courageous questions. Do not be satisfied with superficial answers. Be open to wonder and at the same time subject all claims to knowledge, without exception, to critical scrutiny. Be aware of human fallibility. Cherish your species and your planet." Carl Sagan

I like my art to carry the energy of spontaneity, to be unpredictable even to myself. This to me is true creation and the path where I experience the most satisfaction.

Emergence started out as an idea photographing materials I use for a leisure hobby: Using a polymer based liquid in a tank of clean water illuminated by natural light was the setup.

It is the primordial, organic nature of the work that fuelled my imagination and compelled me to ask questions about life and its possibilities throughout the universe.

Life is simply any system that is capable of performing functions such as eating, metabolizing, growing, reproducing, and responding to external stimuli.

I imagined this life started on a planet, millions of years ago, not a planet like ours, but within a gas giant, tens of thousands of kilometres deep in atmosphere. What if life evolved at the bottom of this atmosphere at tremendous pressures? What would this life look like? What would evolution be like for a life-form like this? Could it ever become sentient?

As all life on earth is carbon based, what if life could evolve from plasma as a necessity due to extreme gravitational pressures?

What would their life experience be like: If you live beneath a thousand kilometre ocean of gases and plasma - what would your “day” be like? What is your idea of “purpose'' if there are no stars in your universe?

Our imaginations are limited by our experience or the stimulus from our environment. We have the senses of smell and taste and touch and sight and even an intuition that is unnamed. Maybe it is love.

I used false colour images from NASA as my base palette as a starting point.

The images are spread over millions of years of evolution for this alien form of life. There was even the thought of every image being a single sentient rising up and up through the dense pressure. Asking themselves- Is this all that I am?

Anthony Epes, 2021