As Above So Below

2012 - 2019
The passion caused by the great and the sublime in nature is Astonishment; and astonishment is that state of the soul, in which all its motions are suspended, with some degree of horror.
Edmund Burke

Selection of images from Google Earth


The World, as seen from space

Canada Geese, Canada

Taking 8 months to complete, this drawing is a meditation on patience. Depicted are thousands of Canada Geese in midflight. My work highlights the natural world as something which manifests in an abstract and intricate way. As something too complex to take in, something sublime.

Normally we look to art as a way to escape reality and indulge in fantasy worlds, I prefer to face a mirror to the inexhaustible beauty of the world around us. So we can take with us an eye to appreciate what was already there.

Canada Geese, Canada, 2019,
Pencil drawing,  42.5cm x 27.5cm
  From the Meso series

Detail of ‘Canada Geese, Canada’

Waterfall Foam, Lübeck,

These artworks make up the Meso series, part of The As Above So Below project. It comes from an interest in the mathematical order that hides behind how the universe appears, from the microscopic to the macroscopic. 

‘Waterfall Foam’ could as easily be of a weather system as it is of waterfall foam on the surface of a river.

For me there appears some recurrent pattern that defines the way everything manifests. My work seeks to present these sometimes abstact moments of largescale complextiy as something sublime in its every detail.  

Waterfall Foam, Lübeck, Germany, 2019,Pencil drawing,
42.5cm x 27.5cm
From the Meso Series

Pencil Drawing, Waterfall Foam, Lübeck © Connor Addison

Landmark, Hong Kong

It is presumptuous to think creations of human kind are not part of the natural world whilst we contine to count beehives, birds nests and beaver dams as purely organic. The only difference is in its complexity. 

Landmark, Hong Kong, 2012, Oil on Linen,
200 x 300cm.
From the Meso Series

Oil Painting, Landmark, Hong Kong, © Connor Addison

Being & Nothingness


Being & Nothingness, 2020
Oil in linen, 300cm x 200cm

About the Project:
As Above So Below

2012 - 2019
Meso is one series in the three part project: As Above So Below. It comes from an interest in the unknowable mathematics that hides behind the visual presentation of the universe: from the microscopic world, to the planets surface seen from space. There appears an incomprehensible pattern to existance, recurrent in everything that exits.

This order defines our experience of everyday reality, even if we are unaware of what makes up its structure. The Fibonacci spiral determines the shape of galaxies, the pattern of sunflowers and even the dimensions of a spiral in DNA’s double helix. The golden ratio appears in the orthodontic definition for perfect teeth, the spacing of an ant’s body segments and the Pyramids of Giza. Fractals and Chaos Theory explain the similarities of shape between rivers, lightning, tree branches, and veins in the body.

It seems that the world around us speaks a mathematical language that despite cultural context people are familiar with as a universal canon of beauty.

Emergent is a universal consistency of pattern between the micro, meso and macro: A sublime order.

Examples of Macro, Meso, Micro scales of pattern


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