Borne Out Without Conclusion

Posted: May 3, 2011 in Page 1: The Interface Paintings

Dimensions: 76 by 90 cm, framed.
Media: Paint on wood panel.

Stars are born of universal debris and then, once formed, generate the chemical elements necessary to build life as well as the energy necessary to sustain it. Despite the obvious fascination that we have always had for—and the obvious importance that we have always placed on—the stars, it wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that Hans Bethe, physicist and nobel laureate, came to understand this: what a star really is. However important this knowledge was though, the first person Bethe related his discovery to was his child, during their afternoon walk.

As for the birth of the universe, this all-encompassing phenomena for whoever, whatever, and wherever we are, I was told: “With today’s latest knowledge we’re going back to mere fractions of seconds before”—“But before the big bang?,” I cut him off. We seem to be forever left in the dark about our origin, or more precisely and importantly, who we are. This is where, as was in the case of Hans Bethe I suppose, one is wont to look into the eyes of a child.


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