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Some of the titles or descriptions I use are either directly taken from, or based on accounts I encountered in novels, articles, songs or other narrative types. As such, these titles are all examples of ekphrasis; paintings that are about books, books that are about paintings, even songs that are about books, paintings or films. In fact, given the right circumstances, any art may describe any other art, especially if a rhetorical element, standing for the sentiments of the artist when they created their work, is present. Over the past five of six years I have collected over 200 words or sentences that are somehow relevant for the ‘worlds’ I’m building. Either inspired by colours, the behaviour of chemicals or other physical phenomena or by the associations that are conjured by the structures and shapes while working. Many of the words might seem unrelated, but they are all interconnected one way or another and associated with either the history of science, cosmology, geology or biology, covering a vast expance of (scientific) ideas and fantasies. Although the words come from various sources they are all striking examples of how sometimes beautiful or strange things are described by poetic or strange language. For instance: the term micromort (μmt) refers to an event with a 1 in 1 million chance of death. The unit is described as: a microscopic unit of morbidity...
Since I’m freely borrowing these words and sentences, I figured the least I could is list their source:

Incipitate

The incipit of a text is the first few words of the text, employed as an identifying label. The word incipit comes from Latin and means "it begins". Incipitate is a verbification of the stem incipit

A Portait of the Artist as a Slab of Flesh

from City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer. 
A Portrait of the Artist as a Slab of Flesh refers to an (imaginary) painting that is made by Martin Lake, a character that is described in the Ambergris short story ‘the Tranformation of Martin Lake’ (City of Saints and Madmen) Of course, VanderMeer himself took his inspiration from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the famed novel of Irish writer James Joyce. It is a fantastic example of ekphrasis. So my work ‘A Portait of the Artist as a Slab of Flesh’ is yet another stage in the ekphrasis of Joyce’s A Portrait. 

The Faint smell of Decay

from Shriek: an Afterword by Jeff VanderMeer
Shriek; an Afterword is the 2nd part of the Ambergris trilogy  It is a marvelous, unparalleled feat of imagination. Ambergris has a complicated and peculiar history I wont summarize here, but many of the mysteries of it’s strange past are somewhat untangled in Shriek. Following Janice Shriek’s attempt to describe her own history in Ambergris, we occasionally encounter her brother Duncan Shriek, who spends more time underground than above trying to figure out the city’s bizarre history. As a consequence, he is slowly infected and transformed by a fungal lifeform that is penetrating his metabolism, leaving behind a faint smell of decay...

Zad Plant is my Hero

from The Big Aha by Rudy Rucker. 
Short summary?; Biotech has replaced machines. Enter qwet (quantum wetware) At the center of this movement is artist Zad Plant, experimenting with Qwet. Pretty dangerous, because it makes you high and gives you telepathy. A loofy psychedelic revolution begins.....

A Microscopic Unit of Morbidity

Coined by professor R. Howard of Stanford University, the term “micromort” (μmt) refers to an event with a 1 in 1 million chance of death.  The unit is described as a microscopic unit of morbidity

Mollusque

from mollusca; the second-largest phylum of invertebrate animals after the Arthropoda. The members are known as molluscs or mollusks. Mollusque is an adaptation of the scientific categorization. Inspired by the aesthetics of the science films by Jean Painleve - specifically “Acera, Or The Witches’ Dance” I set out to capture my own species of mollusca. 

Burgess Shale

The Burgess Shale is a fossil-bearing deposit exposed in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, Canada. It is famous for the exceptional preservation of the soft parts of its fossils.
At 508 million years old, it is one of the earliest fossil beds containing soft-part imprints. What makes the Burgess Shale so special is the fact that many fossils found in the shales do not fit easily into known phyla. Many of the animals present had bizarre anatomical features and only the slightest resemblance to other known animals.

A Flowering in Miniature

from Shriek: an Afterword by Jeff VanderMeer