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Worms Series

RED can, GREEN can, BLUE can and Canned RED, Canned GREEN, Canned BLUE
Was there any difference or indeed any connection she mused, between a can of worms and Pandora’s Box? She thought about it - one a colloquial expression, the other a reference to a mythical past. Both had a sense of foreboding, both spoke of an avoidable or perhaps an unavoidable future. Pandora was the first woman - conjured up by the gods as revenge upon man, for obtaining fire from Prometheus. Legend states that the gods gave her Pandora a box which she, although warned against, opened. Chance and a natural curiosity. As a result she released all the ills that beset mankind, except that is, for hope which remained in the box. That was rather convenient she thought. Poor old Pandora remains the villain of the story all due to her insatiable curiosity. So Pandora is to blame for all the mistakes and ill-doings in the world. It seemed to her that in science or art, curiosity is considered to be a desirable attribute. After all Socrates, Plato, Aristotle were not maligned for their curiosity - far from it What about that can of worms? It seemed to her that it might be interesting to open up any can of worms that came her way despite warnings to the contrary. Worms being worms would surely just wriggle their way out of the can and be on to doing worm-like things. If they were alive that is? Dead, they would remain where they were, in the can. Why should this portend a situation of impending disaster? The humble worm is obviously a fearsome beast, but there again, human beings have been wary of nature since they arrived on the planet. So much so, that their rapacious and predatory inclinations have driven them to try to conquer or at the very least, to subsume it. The more that scientists and biologists have tried to understand the essence of our local and extended environment, the more they have had to delve into smaller bits of it. Division of the constituent parts have only revealed further possible divisions - whether that be the splitting of the atom, the discovery of DNA or the more recent Nano culture. She felt the humble worm had been inadvertently forced into a corner. Even within the English language the worm had been slandered unfairly. It is sometimes said that one can worm one's way into a situation or that one might be described as a worm if one is believed to be wretched or spineless in character. She preferred for once, the acronym WORM used in computing circles for, WRITE ONCE READ MANY times - an optical disk that enables users to store their data. Leaving this aside she returned in her thoughts to the can of worms. Could she can something other than worms - colour perhaps? How about canned red, canned green and canned blue? (The colours signify another acronym RGB - a coda of colour and light that would become increasingly familiar as digital technology advanced). If worms symbolise an alternative, could this recourse not be full of potential and possibility?
The phrase go with the flow came to mind. That curiosity factor again. She did not wish to avoid the future.
She made up her mind there and then, that were she ever to find a can of worms, she would most certainly open it


Images 1, 2 & 3

R can, G can, B can
digitally printed, mounted and laminated
each 42insx42ins

Copyright © 2004 A Eames

Images 1, 2 & 3

Canned R, Canned G, Canned B
digitally printed, mounted and laminated
each 42insx42ins

Copyright © 2004 A Eames

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