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grey octopus, holding a rainbow eyeball balloon, surrealist art about an unstable self-image
Gwenn Seemel
If I Were You, I’d Call Me Us
acrylic on panel
14 x 11 inches


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What does the octopus say to you? How does the eyeball balloon feel? What’s going on just outside of the frame of this image?

Who are you? Are you the same you today as you were yesterday? The same you when you’re with one friend as when you’re with others? If you, like the octopus, had three hearts, nine brains, tentacles that taste as well as touch, the ability to make a cloud of toxic ink or camouflage yourself by changing your shape along with the color and texture of your skin, who would you be then? Where would you end and where would everyone (and everything) else begin?

If you think with your brain as well as your body, your community, and your surroundings—which is how all humans think—then who are you?

To watch the making of If I Were You, I’d Call Me Us, check out this blog post.

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