Imagine my great thrill to find that miniatures are actually an art form, as evidenced by the work of Bill Burns. I went to see his show, Safety Gear for Small Animals, and it was a fascinating combination of science, art and humour. Then I actually got to study with Bill, when he taught one semester at Emily Carr. I learnt that miniature artworks gave artists an opportunity to create and manipulate their own new worlds or imagined environments.
For my current show at the Britannia Art Gallery, I had the chance to make some miniature sculptures. The show is called The Process of Painting, and Lisa Ochowycz and I documented our painting stages in order to give the viewer a better idea of what goes into the creation of a painting. I riffed on this idea for the sculptures in a more humourous way, playing with scale and making painting a more Herculean task.
The sculptures are three-sided.
The normal gallery-side view
The artist-side, hard at work on stripes of hardened paint from my paintbox.