This One's For You, Amoeba

An amoeba is a type of cell or organism that has an ability to change its shape by extending and retracting its pseudopods (which for those of you who might not know are temporary cytoplasm-filled projections of a eukaryotic cell membrane). 

Are you bored yet? 

I guess now is a good time to explain that I majored in Biology, the study of living things, during my time in higher education. That's why I can say big words and appear to have slightly above-average intelligence.

But my purpose in this blog post is not to bore you with scientific mumbo jumbo, but instead to share my love for these silly, squiggly things - amoebas.

Autonomy , 2017, Ink on paper, 5.75 in x 5.75 in

Autonomy, 2017, Ink on paper, 5.75 in x 5.75 in

This is one of my recent amoeba illustrations.  Yes, there are more than one. In it you can see three amoebas engaging in a dance, perhaps a ritual of some kind, I cannot know the complex details of their culture. Through their fluidity and movement, you can sense joy exuding from their pseudopods as they move around their environment and each other.

I wanted to convey a freedom of movement that I am honestly quite jealous of. Maybe I am alone in my loving jealousy of a simple eukaryotic organism, or maybe there are others like me out there who wish to swirl around extending and retracting our pseudopods in celebration of our autonomy!