PARADISUS is defined in Latin as paradise or park. After visiting Japan, The patron of this piece spoke to me about her deep appreciation for their attention and recognition for natural elements. Immediately I was reminded of my time exploring what felt to be the more serene place, the Ritsurin Garden located in Takamatsu, Japan. In this garden lays the azalea flowering shrubs. Many are unknown to the azalea’s potency and toxicity, it is beautiful but dangerous. The combination of beauty and pain is a known concept; the juxtaposition of something so delicate can be remarkably resilient and potent is what inclined the creation of PARADISUS, as it is a place that is fictional or to some, believed to exist.