Circle or Zero

This was supposed to be a simple project; comparing the timeline of the Big Bang to creation stories from different cultures and religions.  Of course, it was no such thing. Even if it had remained within the confines of my original idea, it's a HUGE subject. And the parameters I'd set for myself, was challenging. I wanted everything to be based on the shape of a circle. (And no repeats! Each composition had to look at circles in different ways.)

My germ of an idea was a meditation on the differences between circle and zero. They both started out as the same shape. But the one is tied to the rules of geometry while the other (when one really starts to look into the concept) skirts the edge of metaphysics and the meaning of infinity. I soon discovered that, to honestly portray the Big Bang portion of the book, I had to understand the underlying physics (at least on the most simplistic level) of the theory.

The creation story part of the book presented another challenge. First, I had to decide which myths to include. I wanted to touch on as many cultures as possible , and include something from each continent.

When I finished, the book stretched out to 13.5 feet long when completely unfolded. The time line starts with the Big Bang and concludes with Darwin's finches.

When I finished, the book stretched out to 13.5 feet long when completely unfolded. The time line starts with the Big Bang and concludes with Darwin's finches.

One of my favorite sections is where stars form into galaxies and our solar system begins to form.

One of my favorite sections is where stars form into galaxies and our solar system begins to form.

As the book unfolds, each page turn opens onto an altarpiece which contains a representation of one of the creation stories

As the book unfolds, each page turn opens onto an altarpiece which contains a representation of one of the creation stories

Beneath these "altarpieces" I've included a quote from the text that the story came from. Usually it was the first lines. I wanted to show how each story envisioned the inciting incident of creation

Beneath these "altarpieces" I've included a quote from the text that the story came from. Usually it was the first lines. I wanted to show how each story envisioned the inciting incident of creation

I looked at art from each culture, and used artifacts as reference for my images. For the Hindu story, I looked at Indian miniatures. For the Pelasgian story I looked at Greek black and red pottery.

I looked at art from each culture, and used artifacts as reference for my images. For the Hindu story, I looked at Indian miniatures. For the Pelasgian story I looked at Greek black and red pottery.