Microcosm: A World in Miniature

Microcosm: A World in Miniature explores a rudimentary understanding of the philosophical concept of Microcosm and Macrocosm. A concept, which originated from ancient times and is traced to the theories of Plato, through to the Renaissance and in various religious traditions including Buddhism. The western philosophical term Microcosm, describes man as being a “little world” in which the macrocosm, or universe, is reflected.


Using this concept as a catalyst, the works are a symbolic representation of our universe, and investigate repetitive tensions between internal and external structures. Explored through spontaneous appearances of pattern and form in organic systems, the works push the boundaries of traditional printmaking, presenting a series of reconstructed print collage, and sculptural pieces that sit between two and three dimensional surfaces.

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© 2017 Elaine Camlin