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Continuing with my Philosophical Dogs idea, this dog is larger. Laika was a Soviet space dog that became the first animal to orbit the Earth in Sputnik 2 during November 1957. She was also the first animal to die in space. The experiment aimed to prove that a living passenger could survive being launched into orbit and endure there. Her death started a worldwide debate about animal testing. I like to think she is not forgotten. So this painting is in memory of Laika.

These conceptual paintings have quite a bite and are based on the philosophical problem of knowledge: i.e. how can we know the difference appearance and reality when our senses are often inaccurate? How do you really know you are standing/sitting here reading this and not a brain in a vat connected to a computer? (Putnam) How do you know an evil demon is not tricking you? (Descartes) How do you know you are not just watching shadows in a cave? (Plato) Can you be absolutely sure you are not dreaming? Each painting is called “Dog” and a computer chip is part of composition. So, where is the dog? Well, inside the chip of course and, more importantly, inside your imagination! But, can you be sure you are not in the chip and that someone, maybe a dog, is looking at you? “Such fun!” I wonder what type of dog you will choose. So, think of a dog and have some fun splashing about with a canine or two in a postmodern world of dreams, “malicious demons,” “brains in vats” and virtual reality. A philosophical Crufts, woof, woof!

Ready to hang. No frame needed.

Materials used:

acrylic, mixed media

Dog (For The Love of Laika) (2015)


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This artwork is sold by Dick Martin from United Kingdom

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