Microscopic Worlds

Amanda Shirlow brings a humoristic childhood fantasy to life through photography and installation.


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Hidden in the depths of the freezer, on top of the bookshelf, or between the blades of grass in the garden, exist tiny microscopic worlds populated by tiny plastic characters.

Ever since her childhood, Amanda Shirlow has been fascinated with films like The Borrowers or Honey I Shrunk the Kids, in which tiny people inhabit our regular human environment, passing largely unperceived. In “Microscopic Worlds” she brings this very fantasy to life through photography and installation, creating humoristic scenarios in which these tiny beings interact with the larger than life objects around them.

Blink, and you could miss them.

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” I believe that all artwork should have some form of connection with the viewer whether it be through interaction or an emotional connection.I like having a level of audience participation in my artwork. I want the audience physically involved in the piece and in someways they actually become the art piece. As Duchamp says: “the viewer completes the work.”Food also plays a big part in my installations and in the landscapes of my miniature photography. I always believed that you should play with your food which is what I love to do with my miniature photographs, food allows me to create fun environments for the tiny figures to pose on, and the food I use becomes landscapes and
objects that create the world these tiny people inhabit.”
See more of Amanda’s work here.

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