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- Artist Biography
Sam Chivers’ graphic artworks plunge the viewer into an alternative universe, referring to the pseudo realistic world of vintage computer games to create images that dismiss the realms of reality, yet still retain a comforting familiarity. Strands of narrative are suggested but overall scenes are often open ended and ambiguous, inviting the viewer in to speculate and lose themselves in each composition.
Chivers lives in Brighton and loves nature, wandering about the South Downs whenever possible. As such his work often depicts themes of science fiction, cosmical and the fantastical, alongside an innate love of landscape.
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Forty Two was inspiRed or is part homage, or more likely just a straight rip-off of an illustration from Jung’s Red Book.
Forty Two is also a nod to Douglas Adams’ Hitch Hiker Guide to the Galaxy.
I seem to have fallen into making stuff relating to numbers recently, and the number Forty Two exists in the (British) public consciousness as the as the meaning of life, or the futility of the meaning of.
I’m sure there could be some clever link between Jung’s collective unconscious – which he was working on when he made the Red Book and the cultural consciousness of the number 42 – but if there is it’s over my head… i just work here…
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