Inspired by traditional carved ceilings, Heaven Earth is a reinterpretation focused on the notion of a collapsing pattern. The base grid chosen utilizes hexagonal geometry in reference to the religious and philosophical symbolism of the hexagon relating to perfection and heaven. This base grid sets up a pattern varying in scale from the sides toward the center where a deformation in plane pulls the surrounding polygons out of their ideal state and into a number of irregular versions hung by fishing line. The tip of the deformation focuses at the center of the piece where a 6 pointed flower element is suspended.
The driving intention behind the design plays with the power of perspective to change how we read a pattern. From a side angle the work is read as a chaotic blend of geometry, but as one approaches the center the unity of the whole becomes apparent. This tension between chaos and unity is what drives the work and is reflected by the title, “Heaven Earth”; highlighting the struggle involved in translating the ideal or abstract (heaven) to the real or physical (earth).