Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Smaller than small
You'll never believe how small this Betty Boop is. She's standing inside the eye of an ordinary sewing needle!
The Simpsons are fighting on the head of a pin.
Willard Wigan is microsculptor who began his career as a 5-year-old child. Don't miss the video in which he tells the story of making houses for ants. Not life-size ant farms, mind you, but (really) tiny houses, amusement parks, and gardens that were ant-size.
How does Wigan manage these miniatures, which are visible, and crafted, only through a microscope?
He enters a trance-like state, slowing his heartbeat, and works between beats (one and a half seconds). His ability to do this has baffled experts in medical fields. He paints using a "brush" that is actually a hair from a fly's head or one from his own face. In one piece he used part of a spider's web to make the reins for a horse and carriage.
After hearing Wigan lecture and seeing images of his work, it's hard to call my latest pieces "miniature."
[Pardon the weird spacing below; after many tries, this is the best layout I can get!]
THE LUNAR LANDING
When I see work like this, it's hard to go back to my crafts table. Shall I try to take inspiration from it, or throw up my hands, as in: Why bother?
The jury is still out.