The octopus has become known for its intelligence and curious nature. No other animal outside of birds and mammals has as large of a brain compared to the size its body as does the octopus. With eyes wide open, the artist reflects the inquisitive nature of this sea creature. Tones of blue represent its aquatic habitat. The use of capiz oyster shell bounces light from the front of this piece as if its reflecting light under water.
The basic frame of this piece is created using tin, which is powder coated with a black finish. The frame is reinforced using tin wire along the inner edge. The front of the body is adorned with capiz.
Capiz is an oyster shell and the primary purpose of the oyster is as a source of food. However, the by-product, the shell, can be used for decoration. Due to it being a natural material, the natural colors of the capiz may come through as tans and browns underneath the hand-painted surface.