As Above So Below

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London-based illustrator Will Sweeney kindly shared these images from his new book, As Above So Below. Will is behind the comic Tales From Greenfuzz and a ton of cool stuff on his Alakazam label. The catalog of Swiss publisher Nieves boggles the mind.

An exhibition of all the drawings opens at the Lazy Dog in Paris on April 1 and runs to May 8.

Will describes the story behind the book:

As Above So Below is a visual narrative based on a series of randomly selected photographs from my collection of National Geographic Magazine, dating between 1940 and the present day. The idea was to take visual motifs from a version of the real world and push them into the realm of the subconscious, a kind of dream generator. Dreams are made up of fragments of experiences, elements of stories which when laid side by side, often become striking or fantastical. Using a random number generating website I created a series of numbers. Each series became a month, year and page number, which were then cross referenced with a corresponding magazine. The first image that came up was from an article describing an archeological dig at a Corsican pagan tomb, the second a photograph of temple street market in Hong Kong, other references came up with pages of text and I would fix upon a phrase or name which conjured up an interesting image — such as an unfinished castle, upon an island or an animal shedding it’s skin. The theme of crossing dimensions and of an event happening simultaneously across the world emerged. The title comes from medieval hermetic philosophy, and relates to the alchemical relationship between microcosm (the body) and macrocosm (the universe).

01 Will Sweeney, As Above So Below (Nieves, 2010)

02 Will Sweeney, As Above So Below (Nieves, 2010)
Will Sweeney, As Above So Below (Nieves, 2010)
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03 Will Sweeney, As Above So Below (Nieves, 2010)
Will Sweeney, As Above So Below (Nieves, 2010)

04 Will Sweeney, As Above So Below (Nieves, 2010)
Will Sweeney, As Above So Below (Nieves, 2010)

05 Will Sweeney, As Above So Below (Nieves, 2010)
Will Sweeney, As Above So Below (Nieves, 2010)

06 Will Sweeney, As Above So Below (Nieves, 2010)
Will Sweeney, As Above So Below (Nieves, 2010)


Will Schofield is the editor of 50 Watts (original name: A Journey Round My Skull) and Writers No One Reads. More from this author →