The Sum of All Picture

This is a remake of the Heaven and Earth watercolor painting I did a while back, but much more personal because now I'm the earth god and my husband Gil is the sky god (and my friends will all laugh at me because I filled in my patchy beard, which is what I always do in self portraits).

I wanted to move this beyond mythology, so I referenced evolution, and also I was reading me some Dawkins and he theorized that biological evolution can serve as an analogy for change over time in other systems, so for example you can study the evolution of the universe, or of human religions (though you have to be careful, because of course genes have certain properties that other things don't, for example a religious myth that gets passed down through the generations). Basically it fits into his theory of memetics, for further reading.

Anywho, the title comes from that, plus the movie The Sum of Us (starring "fightin' round the world" hottie Russel Crowe. ) Basically the movie talks about children as the "sum of us", that is, children are the culmination of everyone who came before, and gay or straight they are our legacy.

Well that's true of everything, ain't it? Simply because we live in a universe with linear time, and cause and effect. So we aren't just the sum of our ancestors, we are also the sum of millions of years of change and increasing complexity.

This painting was featured in This Is Not Painting show set up by fellow grad student Paul Baker Prindle at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

I give