Shamus Octopi — that was the title of a poem I wrote when I was 13. It was about an octopus man. I loved the weird and wonderful then, and I do even more now.
In the summer of 2008, I had the chance to attend Art Basel with my mother (aforementioned and art world voyager). Imagine my surprise and utter delight when I saw this guy:
It was like my teenage fantasy (no, not that kind of fantasy. yeesh..) come to life!! How amazingly strange is he??
Anyway, the octopus’ name is Shintaro Miyake and he is a Japanese artist who creates the most whimsical and weird pieces. Of course my favorite are the octopi, but he’s got some other wonderful creatures too. Rawr.
(images from artnet)