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've been thinking a lot about how a diorama or dollshouse contains within itself a whole seperate world, that we are able to watch over or manipulate. Maybe that place though is somewhere we don't enjoy or expect; Doyle's houses are often in jeopardy and the people frequently in danger -facing their problems or fears.