printed on Giclée Epson Semi-Gloss
A vacuum is not merely empty space from which all matter has been extracted. It is, in fact, a substance, a physical entity that can be stretched, compressed and manipulated just like the matter it may or may not contain. The so-called vacuum of space is not the absence of something; it is a physical presence, full of energy and activity. In the 19th century scientists imagined a substance they called the aether, a medium filling the whole of space, in which light could propagate, much like sound waves in air and water. This concept was soon abandoned when no trace of this hypothetical substance could be found. Really they were approaching the problem from the wrong direction. The answer was staring them in the face all along, but they just couldn’t see it. Space doesn’t need to be filled with a carrier medium because the aether they were looking for is space itself. That’s why bubbles are constantly forming in the vacuum, just as they do in any substance. But they only come in and out of existence at the quantum level so we can never hope to see them, except in this piece of artwork. Obvious…no?