Created in response to the death of a childhood friend who committed suicide after being rejected by their family upon coming out as gay, As Much Heaven as Earth is an attempt to understand and cope with the impact of his suicide. I began creating portraits of LGBTQ individuals and allies inspired by their personal experiences as openly queer individuals living in the West Michigan area, which is known for being highly conservative. These conversations were recorded, transcribed, and presented alongside their respective portraits with the permission of the models. The stories vary greatly in both format and subject matter, ranging from letters addressed to family members to quiet excerpts pulled from text conversations. Other sources of inspiration for this work come from Joseph Campbell's, A Hero’s Journey, The Kübler-Ross model developed by Swiss psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, in her 1969 book On Death and Dying, and the superstitions and stigmas that surround suicide.