COSMOLOGY Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox

Exploring the close and far distances of the Universe

Earth maybe our home, but the Universe is our environment. Using age-old symbols, predominantly the tree-of-life, the paintings in COSMOLOGY explore the nano intimacies and the horizon-less vastness of the cosmos. New perspectives help untether notions of ‘landscape’ from Earth by embracing all distances of the Universe in a broader concept of what ‘landscape’ might be.

Art Exhibition previously on at Purgatory Artspace in Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 30 January 2013 to Saturday 16 February 2013
Launch Saturday 09 February 2013, 2 - 4 pm

Tree-Of-Life Time Travelling image Ad Infinitum image Galactic Horizons and Beyond image

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Using age-old transcultural/religious symbols, predominantly the tree-of-life, I explore the close and far distances of the Universe. I visually interpret the tree with 21st century eyes, untethering it from historical interpretations to tease out the messages it holds for us today. After all, age-old symbols have ‘spoken’ to many past generations. Why, should they not ‘speak’ to us? Are we indeed listening?

The tree-of-life evokes concepts of systems, all types of systems; vascular, water, cross sections of internal organs, invisible energies driving universal forces and more. Two paintings in Cosmology [Ouroboros and Cosmic Ouroboros ] see the tree-of-life coupled with another transcultural/religious symbol, the ouroboros [snake eating its own tail]. The ouroboros has been used by modern cosmologists to visually describe the relationship between the cosmic and quantum worlds. In my paintings I have painted the snake’s body with the tree-of-life. The snake eating its own tail also forms a circle, symbolic of the continuance of life, but also suggesting entities such as portals…literal and metaphoric.

The tree-of-life has taken me on a journey where new perspectives have appeared. My investigations of perspective, both literal and metaphoric, have suggested to me that developing skills in ‘seeing’ multi-perspectives, even simultaneously, will assist humanity in its ageless quest for physical, emotional and spiritual survival. As modern scientific research delves deeper into the vast and the quantum worlds of our universe, how does humanity envision its place within the cosmic matrix? I suggest that new perspectives, seen and taken bravely and confidently, will assist in a compassionate response…after-all it is still apparent that Earth is our only home.


Purgatory Artspace
170 Abbotsford St
Nth Melbourne,

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 5 pm

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