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Thomas Brodhead – American, born 1968 – Ancient Alienautica –2022 – oil on canvas – 22" x 28" x 1.5" (55.88cm x 71.12cm x 3.81cm)
Alien aquatic forms engage in a life-and-death struggle for polygonal vittles, the only spoils of victory. Could this be a cubic Cretaceous scene, with the progenitor of a deep sea devilfish attaching itself to its cephalopodic prey? Or perhaps it’s the interplay of fearful symmetries in a methane ocean on some distant shore, a reflection of tense dinner conversations in the pre-smartphone era on earth? Whatever the takeaway, this portrait of the life aquatic would make a lovely conversation piece during apéritifs while debating whether “fun” is a predicate nominative.