I first got the idea to depict a flaming baseball from a painting on a dugout in some rural ball field, some time around 2012. Prior to this I had occasionally depicted meteors, seeing those as alien visitors that enter our world uninvited. The penguins go back to the 90s for me, after seeing billboards around NYC for the 1992 movie Batman Returns. They have persisted in my work, their significance morphing along with the times. It feels as if we are in a time now where, after having trod every corner of our planet, we now require meta-spaces where we can invent new narratives. Beyond this being an innocent escape for individuals, power structures now tap into and subsume these worlds in order to further their relentless quest for market expansion.