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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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How is the octopus feeling? What is the eyeball balloon saying to you? Where do the tentacles at the edge of composition come from?

Octopuses may seem alien, but, to me, they’re relatable. They have three hearts, nine brains, and tentacles so sensitive that they taste as well as touch. Plus, octopuses have the ability to camouflage themselves by changing their shape and color. In those ways, being an octopus is not so different from being human. After all, we obviously think with our brains, but we also process information with our bodies, our communities, and our surroundings, and we’re really good at finding ways of blending in. It leaves me wondering: what part of each of us is actually us?

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? Who are you at your core?

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

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