All our lives, histories and dreams are but a moment in the passing glance of Brahma.
When looking at both the size and lifespan of the planetary nebula known variously as the Helix, Eye of God or NGC 7293 it is easy to imagine the minute scale that we occupy in the universe. If Brahma creates by looking, how many galaxies are formed in a glance, or in a breath?
Redon’s Cyclops came up when painting this work, the almost startled innocence of Polyphemus as he stumbles across the naiad, Galatea, counterpointed with Redon’s forebodings of war and loss. Dreams and associations, we see forms in earthbound clouds, the dust of the universe, smoke and our perspective of the visible stars.