Bacterium (panspermia) – Ingleton

Bacterium (panspermia) – Ingleton


Lithograph and relief print collage

Unique state    38 x 38cm

$395  ($295 u/f)


John Ingleton

Bacterium (panspermia)

When asked to make a Science Fiction themed print I thought back to the wonderful SF magazines of the 50’s and 60’s such as Amazing Stories, Analog, Astounding and Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction which opened up my imagination. It seemed appropriate therefore to style my image accordingly.

Panspermia is the hypothesis first proposed in the 5th century BCE by the Greek philosopher Anaxagoras (500-428 BCE) that an abundance of life exists as seeds in the universe and that it is spread by the movement of bodies (asteroids, comets, etc) through interstellar space.

The base image, drawn on and printed from a lithographic stone, is intended to represent biologic life in a drop of water under a microscope (bacterium).

“Space invaders” were created from a relief and lithographic print produced in response to a CSIRO PhD thesis about the great ocean current that sweeps from Antarctica to the Great Australian Bite. This current, which has decreased by 30% in the past 20 years, supplies the nutrients which feed Australian’s southern pelagic fisheries.

It seems ironic to me that I have chosen to use a print about a process which keeps our oceans alive (which we are destroying through our industrial activities) to represent “life” spreading between the stars.


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