Models / Miniatures

So our turning to dolls and miniatures and virtuality makes symptomatic
sense, fulfilling our need for control over a world we increasingly seem to not have much over makes psychologic sense.
[unknown author]


Hydraulic Fluidic Models:

Behavior of Economy


The MONIAC machine

Behavior of Natural bodies of water


Bay Area Model


An exhibit on miniatures at APEX ART:
"As the world becomes a more complicated and chaotic place,
the appeal of miniatures as a means of both escape and
commentary will likely endure for years to come."
Rachel Nuwer © 2015

As adults, many discover in miniatures a way not only to represent the world, but also to tame and perfect it, excluding the randomness and entropy of outside forces. “The creation of small worlds gives us the illusion of control,” artist Thomas Doyle writes. “In a world that grows ever faster and more chaotic, in a world in which we are bombarded with imagery, artworks in small scales allow us a place of retreat, where time has stopped.” For miniature collectors and builders, each doll, chair, tea saucer, and candlestick – all designed to harmoniously compliment the surroundings – has been arranged just so, both in scale and style. This can be exceptionally soothing to viewer and creator. As Stewart summarizes, miniatures offer a serene island in which “the interiority of the enclosed world tends to reify the interiority of the viewer.” Those that move beyond mere collecting, to creating, likewise value miniatures for this unique artistic device. “ [Miniatures] give me the ultimate ability to control my environment while satisfying a need to simply work with my hands,” says artist Matthew Albanese. “It always seemed to me that the miniature was the most effective solution to experiencing visions of the world and new perspectives that otherwise could not be achieved in life.”

unrelated image:


The Microminiatures of Hagop Sandaldjian
Via the Museum Of Jurassic Technologies