As Above, So Below is a mixed media collage painting that utilizes two vintage maps – a nighttime constellation map from 1957, and a National Geographic map of the ocean floor. Both of these have been considerably altered with watercolor pencil, paint, and other materials. Connecting these is a monoprint of a storm front that I had photographed while standing in my yard. The monoprint is embellished with decorative paper and other media. The clouds looked like giant, rolling ocean waves, and that’s what got me thinking about the familiar patterns that are shared by different things in nature. The spiral of a galaxy in space is like a whirlpool in water, which is like the spiral of a snail’s shell, or the formation of seeds in a sunflower.
Kaotikzen of The Daily Kos puts it this way: “…patterns tend to repeat themselves at all levels of existence. This probably has a lot to do with the Universe being around for a few billion years and knowing how things need to work for things to keep going. Principles that apply at one level, apply to all levels above and below it.”
Many, many religions and philosophies around the world hold this as an underlying belief or principle. What happens on one level of reality also happens on every other level; the microcosm (really small stuff, like bacteria or atoms) and macrocosm (really big stuff, like oceans, planets, and galaxies) behave alike. The universe, or nature, has its habits, just like we do. That’s what this mixed media collage painting is about.
I find this pretty fascinating, but it really doesn’t matter if you do or not. What matters is the beauty of nature, and the beauty that this artwork could bring to your home, office, or other space. This item is flat and suitable for framing.