Thursday, 25 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
So for instance, if you looked out of the window, what might there be?
Friday, 19 November 2010
But I have been experimenting and in response to the frog house, my birds have been acting like people. Below is a tea party held inside the house, so I suppose it's called a bird house now. They really seem to be deep in conversation, and you can pick out different personalities based on each bird's expression.
Friday, 12 November 2010
The tiny, intimate scale allows us to be drawn into the moment and invites us to become a part of it, we're like the all-seeing eye. The works are often sealed under glass which keeps the viewer at a distance and the world inside contained. As well as adding an element of magic and preciousness, the glass also helps to stop time, so we're witnessing a snapshot image of a moment.
I then came across Andy Hazell's 'Cities' - miniature versions of entire cities, below is Rio de Janeiro and Athens. They're like small stages that have turned a real life place into a completely new one, on an island of its own. They have plenty of small details, but aren't neat and haven't been intricately made, which I like - it makes them really playful.
Ana Serrano makes these amazing little cartoon-like buildings that are inspired by her Mexican American culture. I love the colours and her use of card and collage, she also puts images over the windows so you can see whats going on inside.
Sunday, 7 November 2010
One of my favourite items was the frog house, which is sort of like a small cabinet with two rooms imitating a gentleman's club. The stuffed frogs are playing cards and smoking cigars - it's an example of anthropomorphism, where the frogs have taken on human characteristics. I really like things like this, they're very whimsical, although I have a friend who is terrified of animals acting like humans. This could be a good opportunity to try this out with my birds.
There was one dollshouse on show and it fascinated me. It's beautifully quaint and you can just imagine somebody lovingly building and decorating it; making all the furniture and painting the walls etc. I'm fascinated by the idea of a 'home' and the fact that a dollshouse gives us peek into one. This sums it up really well:
A house, more than a diary, is the intimate glimpse.
A house is a life interrupted.
Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces, 1997
Also this, on the Manchester City Galleries website:
Home is at the very centre of our lives, it is the space we make our own.
Our houses speak volumes about who we are, our families and history, hopes and aspirations.
It is where we keep our most precious belongings, for both private and public display.
The idea of home can mean many things: shelter and safety or fear and imprisonment.
The dollshouse has been popular for centuries: played with by adults and children alike, it conjures up a whole private world in miniature.
Below is another one of Mary's houses, this time encased in a glass fronted box, inside a world of its own. This one prevents you from examining the inside, so we can only imagine.
I've noticed that Mary liked the world in minature, or at least these are the aspects that appeal most to me. I'm going to experiment with this, using my own dollshouse and some of the ideas here - What could there be inside it? Or whether you're actually able to see inside or not? Also capturing that feeling of opening one up.