by Steve Taylor, Artfusion

Most of us are accustomed to watching 2-D; even though characters on the screen appear to have depth and texture, the image is actually flat. But when we put on those 3-D glasses, we see a world that has shape, a world that we could walk in. We can imagine existing in such a world because we live in one. The things in our daily life have height, width and length. But for someone who’s only known life in two dimensions, 3-D would be impossible to comprehend. And that, according to the artsist Barbara Gorayska, is the reason we can’t see the fourth dimension, or any other dimension beyond that.

Theoretical physics has brought us the notion that our single universe is not necessarily all there is. The “multiverse” idea (an idea that Gorayska constantly explores in her work) is a hypothetical mega-universe full of numerous smaller universes, including our own. Physicists work under the assumption that there are at least 10 dimensions, but the majority of us will never “see” them. “Because we only know life in 3-D” says Gorayska “our brains don’t understand how to look for anything more”.

Gorayska’s early painting of the human eye might represent the possibility that realisations of some multiverse hypotheses might only exist in the human mind.