These Nine Artists Are Making Tiny Art In A Big Way
Bigger isn’t always better, as proven by Prism Gallery’s ongoing exhibit, “The Tiny Show”. The exhibit showcases nine artists’ great talent packed in miniscule portions to show that going smaller doesn’t diminish meaning and impact in an artwork.
So many things around us shout through large fonts, tall billboards, and booming voices, demanding to be seen and heard but with all of them competing in such grand scales, sometimes our senses get overloaded and fail to retain the meaning behind them.
Not in this quiet room where the displays make you feel like a giant tip-toeing through some little person’s house.
Tina De Torres’ Nosh Series aims to transport you to a tiny world of realistic still-life sculptures. Nosh means a small item of food, and her display is composed of amazingly detailed representations of the food we eat every day, but in small scale.
Sab Palmares, a graphic designer and illustrator, made a 1” x 1” artwork entitled the Lone Chirp. “Being small myself, I had my fair share of being boxed in by society’s standards,” the artist says. “There is always this anxious feeling that even if you have your own voice, you always need to add an extra band to be heard.”
Jericho Moral is a freelance book illustrator and visual artist, and he sums up his work in the exhibit as his first visual map of the Universe for the past four years.
“This week’s menu” by Marz Aglipay, a self-taught artist and a lifestyle writer, is an ongoing project that focuses on food-themed handmade stamps. Her selection here features some of her smallest prints and stamps.
Celline Mercado is a visual artist aspiring to be a costume designer. Her works have been exhibited at the Ateneo de Manila and at the Thacher Gallery at the University of San Francisco (where one of her pieces won the Curator’s Choice Award).
Her pieces here have previously been exhibited in Ateneo in honor of children survivors of sexual abuse. “Bedtime Stories” employs these small spaces of expression as an attempt to lend a voice and reclaim the innocence snatched away from children.
Ramon Cajipe hails from Paete, Laguna, and the dynamic culture of his town gave him the freedom to grow as a sculptor. He’s been a sculptor for 15 years, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. He practices wood carving and uses wood chips collage and lamination as primary techniques to give his sculptures a unique look.
Tin Yu, creator of TINniatures, decided to go back to her elementary dream of making miniatures. They seem to be her sanctuaries. She creates custom dioramas, miniature food sculptures, and small furniture using recycled materials, wood, and PVC, among others.
Hannah Manaligod, a visual artist, attaches this sentiment to her artwork Fickle Fortune: “The weight of the fortune looms heavy. The rest of us do not wait for it to fall, but blossom so indifferently, delighted in their insignificance.”
Aeyem Mariz is a Bacolod-based architect and artist whose love for making miniatures help her through making dioramas and scale models in school. Aeyem experiments with unusual mediums to create her own styles.
“The Tiny Show” runs from July 13 to August 4 at the Prism Gallery, located at the Ground Floor Island Tower Condominium, 239 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.