Charles Wisseman, Mixed Media Artist



Next entry in the cubic foot of art project-- the paper planet probed. The ball is hand-made flax paper shrink-wrapped around a Styrofoam ball, to suggest an alien world, maybe Enceladus, the moon of Saturn which may have liquid water (a pre-requisite for life as we know it). The needle is filled with paper discs cut from an old copy of Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, to suggest the geological drill cores used to study Earth’s past (deepest drilled hole about 40,000 feet)—rather like the biopsies I looked at as a medical pathologist. We know less about the inside of this planet than we know about many things in the universe which are much farther away. The syringe could also be injecting words to immunize (a controversial word these days) the world against the bad ideas which seem rampant these days, or alternatively draining some of these crazy ideas like pus. The ball fits into a clear globe, like the crystal spheres in medieval earth-centric cosmology, which can hang as a decoration. Maybe our world is a Christmas decoration on a tree in the multiverse? It is still the only world we have, so we need to take care of it.
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