How can small art convey large ideas?
MINI MEMENTO MORI pushes how miniatures can show more than their normal-sized counterparts: they can show a concept. And their smallness can help with that.
The world of traditional miniatures is rooted in the documentation of an object or place– the name even implies that a larger version exists first. They are a snapshot of cultural interests (in history, current reality, or fantasy) but much of that significance lies in the original object. How can miniatures transcend their "cutesy" reputation??
This piece was created for the BadAss Miniatures Exhibition, curated by Darren Scala of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures and Kate Ünver of The Daily Mini. The show ran from May - July 2018 in Yonkers, NY and featured over 30 artists with unconventional minis. Special thanks to Darren and Kate for their work in showcasing the expanding world of miniature art!
MMM addresses how industrial production creates goods using materials that will outlast us, as represented by the food outlasting its surroundings of concrete and a rotting skull. By juxtaposing these current issues with the17th-century vanitas style, this sculpture aims to depict the timeless theme of mortality and the motif of feasts in a modern context. The potency of its tininess allows us to have a distanced perspective, to take a step back and really look at what it's saying.
I hope to encourage the viewer to consider the toxic food systems that comprise a lot of modern diets, and to think about how what we create (like miniature concrete pieces...) will exist on the planet after we are dead and gone.