Oil, 24" x36", October, 1999.
A few years ago I wrote a short story “As Above, So Below,” that’s in my Gnarl! collection. The story is about a UFO that is a giant multidimensional fractal of the kind called a “Mandelbrot set.” Here’s part of the story where my hero, a male computer programmer, encounters this flying this three-dimensional Mandelbrot set.
By the way, this story was also produced as a one-act play in Fort Worth, Texas.
“The first unusual thing I noticed was a lot of colored fireflies darting around, all red, yellow and green. I could tell they weren’t hallucinations because they kept bumping into me. And then all at once there was this giant light moving up the hillside towards me. It was hovering right over me, hissing and sputtering in a whispery way. I decided it was a UFO.
“There were zillions of those fireflies now; and the ones high off the ground and closer to the ship seemed larger. There were thin tendrils connecting the fireflies to the ship so that the whole thing was like a jellyfish with bumpy tentacles hanging down.
“The ship itself was shaped in three main parts. There was a great big back section with a dimple in it, and then there was a smaller spherical section attached opposite the dimple, and sticking out of the front of the sphere section was a long spike kind of thing. It was just like—oh my God!—just like a giant three-dimensional Mandelbrot set! Though also like a beetle in a way, and like a jellyfish.”
Rather than painting a man into the picture, I painted women. My wife served as the artist’s model for the women under attack; I took two photos of her in the Mohave desert pretending to be seeing a saucer.