That You're Part of This Place
Oil and 24k gold leaf on aluminum panel,
Image: 36"h x 48"w, framed: 42.5"h x 54.25"w, Item No. 18502,
Octopuses are one of the most complex and intelligent animals in the ocean. They can recognize individual human faces, solve problems- and remember the answers for months- and they experience pain and suffering. They are sentient beings and capable of forming ‘relationships’ with humans, as witnessed in the brilliant Academy Award- winning documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’ (from which the title of this painting was taken). Octopuses have recently become an ethical flashpoint, as researchers are attempting commercial octopus farming- not good, as it will further deplete marine ecosystems and needlessly torment these most sensitive and intelligent invertebrates.