bigness of the mini

I love miniatures. In school I would stay up into the wee hours working on 10x10cm paintings with my size 0 brush (the ‘eyelash’ brush). And I have had a soft spot for the micro-cosmos of terrariums since I used them in the set design for Babushka in 2004. The attention that the mini incites is one reason I like them, but they also do something that quite belies their smallness. That is, they make things eerily bigger – time slows down, moments of emotion resonate in increased intensity. Check out the way the dramatic is deployed in the artworks of Thomas Doyle

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