Joshua Smith, known for his captivating miniatures, recently worked with muralist Bezt of Etam Cru on a collaborative sculpture. Smith says it’s the first of a series he plans on doing in this vein. For this particular work, Smith based the building off of a structure in Bezt’s home of Lodz, Poland. (Smith was last featured on our site here, while Bezt was last shown here.) The piece will be shown in an upcoming group show at KIRK Gallery, titled “Up the Wall.”
Mozu may be just 20 years old, but the artist is already crafting awe-inspiring miniature worlds. Works like “The Stairs of the Dwarf” take four months to complete. The artist’s recreations of his bedroom, telephone poles, and “my working desk” show a knack for recreating the everyday in diorama format.
In Rosa de Jong‘s “Micro Matter” series, the sculptor and art director crafts miniature structures that appear to be ripped from the earth. The artist uses varying materials to craft these buildings and landscapes, including cardboard, tree bark, thread, watercolor paint, and plastic. The work is both suspended and placed in capsules, offering a 360-degree view of de Jong’s sculptures for viewers.
Abigail Goldman, who also serves as an investigator for the federal public defender in Nevada, crafts miniature “Die-o-ramas,” each blending violence and a bit of humor. The work shares in the crime fascination of Corinne Botz’s work (featured in HF Vol. 33) and the structure-centered dioramas of Thomas Doyle (featured in Hi-Fructose Collected 3). For scale: The humans in these works are less than an inch tall.
Leah Yao’s talents in crafting miniatures have taken both bright and bleak forms, with the recent “Mini Memento Mori” representing the latter. More often than not, the artist’s Instagram bio aptly describes her output: “I make clay food.” The RISD student’s above piece impresses in the details that add both humor and intrigue to the work.
Devin Smith, working under the moniker “Awesome, Thanks,” crafts miniature versions of everyday objects, structures, and scenes, including a silkscreen T-shirt printing press. Smith started making miniatures in 2013, creating a small version of the T-shirt factory that employed him.