Camden Art Centre are pleased to host a discussion between Stephen Ellcock and Gina Buenfeld-Murley (co-curator and editor of the Botanical Mind exhibition and catalogue) to mark the launch of The Cosmic Dance: Finding patterns and pathways in a chaotic universe.
Ellcock’s new book presents a visual journey from the minute to the infinite. It explores the relationships and harmonies between all parts of the universe and inspires personal contemplation regarding our place.
The Cosmic Dance presents a pan-global collection of remarkable, arresting and surprising images drawn from the entire history of art to explore the ancient belief that the cosmos is reflected in all living things. A visual journey that begins with the microscopic, the particulate and the elemental, then explores the human body as a cosmos in miniature, the beauty of divine proportions and our search for spiritual enlightenment, before finally revelling in the colossal, the celestial and the infinite. Providing the reader with a guide to a deeper contemplation of the world around us, allowing readers, in the worlds of William Blake, to ‘see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity int the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour’.