My original concept for this piece was to include just one starfish, but that one became two, and then eventually three. It was only later that I came across the clipping I wound up including in the lower left, depicting a bunch of them (a school of starfish? a gaggle?) all intertwined. I was going to carry on my tradition of naming the final piece based on one of the collaged book excerpts, as I had previously done with A customary perch, Paradox of the medusas, and Successful weeds. But when I was nearly done, happily stippling all the little white dots on each of the starfish, I started thinking about how they looked like a sky full of stars. I didn’t even put the stars/starfish wordplay together at first, but once I did, I of course had to commit to it!