This work is inspired in part by the late Austrian physicist, Erwin Schrödinger. The title is a play on Schrödinger’s classic thought experiment, Schrödinger’s Cat, whereby the scientist illustrated the paradox of quantum superpositions with the unlikely scenario where a cat, a radioactive substance, and some hydrocyanic acid are placed inside of a box; to the knowledge of our universe outside, the box contains both a living cat and a dead cat. This hypothetical setup served to illustrate the apparent absurdity of quantum reality, wherein particles can exist in several places of space simultaneously, or not at all.
My painting is a play on Schrödinger’s touchstone interpretation of quantum mechanics, juxtaposed upon the reality inside of the human mind. Within the sphere of human thought, ideas flash with lightning spontaneity and dissipate with equally brusque abrogation; we have them, and then we don’t. I’ve replaced Schrödinger’s cat with a rabbit to highlight the fecundity of human ideas, although our intuitions are no less capricious when aligned with reality: Ideas are as dead as they are alive upon conception. Whether or not a flash of that elusive divinity inside can be brought to some kind of definite fruition remains to be seen, until one opens the box.
2010, Acrylic on panel. 36″ × 36″