SteveR15-12-21Annotation1

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Steve first came across to this artwork in an exhibition in Amsterdam, in the form of panorama and people were surrounded, looking at it. It had a sort of feeling of taking the viewer somewhere else. The drawing illustrates the story of the artist's family migrated to Netherlands, from China, noting the tragedies and events through the journey. The artwork is presented in the style of an old book that extends into a long drawing. On the back, there is a text relating to the drawing.

Surprisingly, painting and drawing is not like riding a bike. Steve prefers to use coloured pencils, but he got into writing, reached a plateau in painting where he was comfortable and confident with it. Paul Nobson is an artist who is known for his intricate, detailed and large scale drawings. Steve thinks it's a strange fascination and one could get lost in it or find it overwhelming. The problem with the artists is that everything they do is important.The reason I'm still drawing is that I still haven't reached the limit whereas I think Paul Nobson has.


This book is called Other Minds. I learned that the plural of Octopus is nit Octopi but Octopuses and I've been correcting everyone my whole life. What's really interesting about octopuses is that they have a very different and complex nervous system, so it can relate to pragmatism. I believe that there are things that exist that are independent from my mind. Not everybody believes this. In other words, pragmatism is the idea that we are all organisms but what defines it is our nervous system and the understanding of the outside world comes from that. The skin of an octopus can see, it doesn't have one brain like us, or not located in one place. they can shape-shift and morph. What defines our perception of life is limited to pair of eyes. They live a very short life of 4 years and I have difficulty grasping how they can be this intelligent. For evolutionary reasons, they have a very solitary life. They age rapidly and when they die, they fall into bits. Aging is series of inevitable genetics defect. However, for an octopus it happens rapidly. The vast contrast between humans and octopuses is talked in the book that intrigued me.