Microcosm Box

8cm x 5cm x 5cm

Curator's Eye

Sublime, celestial and utterly awe-inspiring, Elena Unger’s masterful paintings are imbued with a tangible sense of dramatic theatricality. Drawing from the epic vistas of Romanticism, whirling, tumultuous skies collide with infinite, cavernous valleys. Apocalyptic eruptions of deep blue and burning orange give way to heavenly pastels, as every detailed brushstroke contributes to the biblical spectacles at hand.

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The piece is a palm-sized, portable microcosm, or tiny world. The work was created while translating a few Hermetic texts from the original Coptic. These texts spoke of the Neoplatonic understanding of participation, and the relationship between the infinite and the finite. The piece is a playful interpretation of the Hermetic maxim “as above, so below”.

Medium: Gouache and gold on ceramic

Country of Origin: United Kingdom