... three tubby little cubbies...
... two fancy pens...
... and a lego man made of a tree.
It's the fourth day of Christmas and we're going small in a big way, with four beautiful micro artworks, proving that bigger isn't always better when it comes to art.
These architectural landscapes were created using natural materials as well as traditional modelling materials such as faux moss, but have been squeezed into the confines of glass test tubes. By doing this, Jong creates a tantalising cross section, both above and below ground of a micro world, as though they had just been plucked from the earth. There's something vaguely extra terrestrial about how these micro art works existence within their glass tubes.
It's such a shame so many art schools have lost their ceramics departments, I for one may have gone a different direction had it been offered.
Moving away from three dimensional art, here is an art form which unlike ceramics, art schools still offer - painting. But these paintings by Cape Town based artist Lorraine Loots all come in at under three centimetres a piece.
I love this project, how delicate and detailed her paintings are, neither of which are lacking due to her micro scale and the idea of initially having to force yourself to create a new piece every day before gradually it becomes less a chore and more a compulsion. Every year, I talk (to myself) about trying to do a 365 day project, whether it be drawings like Loots, or rings as a few jewellers have done before. Perhaps this year, shall be the year.
Once they're completed, the dioramas are fitted into the wall of the gallery and sealed inside, with only a magnifying glass (as small as three inches in diameter) to allow the viewer a sneak a peek at the intricate scenes. It's voyeuristic, but in a calming, ideal life kind of a way.
And who wouldn't like that?
Merry Christmas! Part five tomorrow...
Link || By Rosa | Rosa De Jong Website | Behance
Link || Micro Matter: Vertical Dwellings Inside Glass Test Tubes by Rosa De Jong via This is Colossal
Link || Jon Almeda Website
Link || Miniature Hand Thrown Pottery by Jon Almeda via This is Colossal
Link || Lorraine Loots WebsiteLink || Postcards for Ants: A 365-Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots via This is Colossal
Link || A New 100-Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots [...] via This is ColossalLink || Partick Jacobs Website
Link || Patrick Jacobs' Magnified Portals Into Miniature Worlds via This is Colossal
Link || Patrick Jacobs' Incredible Hyper-realistic Dioramas via Beautiful Decay
Listening: Don't Shoot Me Santa - The Killers