Monday, March 8, 2010
There's so much Alice in Wonderland out there now, thanks to Tim Burton, with all those shifts in scale. I've always turned to small, to things that could be knocked over with one exhalation, or shot across the room through an accidental twitch of a finger. There's a general belief out there that miniaturists are controlling, but I never thought so. The idea of shrinking is the ultimate loss of control, backyards turned into jungles, water droplets bursting like bombs. We think a great deal about getting lost, on enormous highways, in big cities, out in the vast woods. Physically true. But hunkering down and considering something small is a truly transformative experience. It gives you those few minutes when you concentrate and the rest of the world falls away. It makes adults do something that children naturally do, truly try to see things that aren't part of every day life. It makes you vanish into an exotic and odd somewhere else.