“A frog in a well does not know the great sea.”

「井の中の蛙大海を知らず。」 (“A frog in a well does not know the great sea.”) 2016; sumi-e on paper;

About this piece: A friend (fellow SCAdian) recalled a number of old Japanese expressions, and I decided to try and illustrate a few. He originally explained the expression to mean, “People make judgments based on their own limited experiences, with no knowledge of the world outside of those experiences.” I made more obvious the human-&-cosmological dimensions — perhaps along the lines of Tsiolkovsky’s “Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever.”

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Nahks Tr'Ehnl

Combining life-long passions for astronomy and visual arts, Nahks is a multimedia specialist for the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at The Pennsylvania State University. His primary interests are astrobiology and human space exploration, and he aims to share those through science communication — art, writing, education & public outreach, ... and most recently, video games. Nahks trains in Kokikai-ryu Aikido with the Penn State Aikido Club and studies Urasenke-style Japanese tea ceremony through the Penn State Tea Institute. He also practices a bit of classic East-Asian inkbrush painting and calligraphy, among other medieval-recreation activities related to being a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. He's kind of a sci-fi/fantasy geek in general, who's also into a lot of tabletop and computer gaming.

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