one of the ongoing themes in this project was to try and find other references or versions of the brainchild concept within art and culture. all the versions i came across have been tagged ‘relatives’ and can be found here [link]
well, a couple of days ago somebody left a comment on the blog shedding further light on a previous find and providing new information. this is a screenshot of the comment…
you saw who wrote that, right? alex grey.
and not just any randomer called alex grey – but this alex grey!
let me start by saying:
HOLY SHITBALLS!! alex grey just commented on my blog!
fanboy moment over, lets now have a look at this piece he refers to…
i had previously referenced his 2002 painting ‘interbeing’ [link], which is clearly the exact same concept. however, this B&W drawing made 23 years previously. i find it fascinating that artists have reoccurring themes in their work over such large spans of time.
so this now stands as the earliest version of the brainchild concept i know of, wherein a foetus is present in the place of a brain.
on a personal note, it is rather exciting to think that such a renowned artist has read my research (and seen the work I created as a result) enough to make such a relevant comment. genuinely inspiring!