Mimic Octopus 1: Resting

ceramic, acrylic, fabric
2014

The science: This series is inspired by the mimic octopus, so named because of its incredible capacity to mimic other animals. When threatened, the mimic is capable of assuming any one of a number of clever disguises: flounder, sea snake, starfish, lionfish. As if that isn't impressive enough, it chooses which shape to take depending on what it knows the predator it sees dislikes the most.

The art: When I learned about these critters I thought it would be amusing to bring them into peoples' homes and have them blend in with their decor as a statement on just how versatile and intelligent they are. What emerged was a statement on camouflage, but also how our dominance over the globe is forcing animals to squeeze into ever more impossible niches or face extinction.