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Monday, March 8, 2010

Small





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.

6 comments:

Peach Blossom Hill said...

So true! Have you seen the artisan who creates figurines smaller than an eyelash with ultra-magification? He sculpted one microscopic figurine and she disappeared. He said, "I think I inhaled her."! I thought that was hysterically funny!

I love these small books!

Jody

Theresa said...

Nice blog. Like your work and what you say about making to stop time. I'll bet blogging will help you grow and expand creatively. It has for me. Welcome to the blogging world.
Theresa

Kaylovesvintage said...

ooooooooooh. i love the first one
( did you see your new bed on my b log,lol)

Amy said...

Jody-I read that story too! Imagine your art truly become a part of you! Not an easy thing to do...

Theresa, thank you so much for finding me! I'm really looking forward to getting all my loves and interests together in one place-and thnk you for making me feel welcome.

Thanks so much Kay! I'll pop on over to your blog and see, right now!

Sans said...

Your post has given me some pause. Now I am one of those who think that all miniaturists suffers OCD to a certain extent :). Is not shrinking an act of control? Everything within reach, every placement within your power :). But yes, while we are playing God and creating that world, real life looks like its been burgled (my god, that table, my floor! All the open boxes,drawers, cupboards!) :)

Maybe you are right. In an illusion to gain control, we have completely surrendered ourselves to chaos :). No wonder it is so fun and sometimes, even magical.

Amy said...

It's true, I try to make my mini world as real as I can, with dishes in the sink and unpaid bills and unemptied trash cans, but my dollhouse cat doesn't throw up his breakfast every four days, and there are no palmetto bugs, and no water pipe leaking into the hallway carpet. But the dollhouse world has it's dangers-one twitch of my hand and an entire cupboard can be taken out, and if my actual cat decides to nap in it ine day, armageddon! And here in Florida, both houses are in hurricane land! But you're right-the illusion is the fun and the magic of it!