For the past ten years or so, I have been creating sculptures that measure between 0.5 and 4 mm. These are smaller than a pencil lead. Details are not visible to the naked eye.
Today, I fully live my passion, this tiny art has become indispensable to me, I am in my world, I disappear under the microscope and reappear like a small animal of the forest. My work is presented at the Kensington Dollshouse Festival, a very elitist venue in the miniature world.
The most important thing to capture in a miniature is its illusion of perfection. It shows that we are human and this is what differentiates us from the 3D printing machine, because we do imperfect things, but we know what steps we have taken to achieve them, and the viewer also intuitively knows that.
You should know that reaching your goal in this work is not always automatic: at this scale, everything shakes and the tools become real dangers for the sculptures during manufacture. The scapel can decapitate a part that took 3 weeks of effort, the brush can drown a subject in a second, the glue that dries in 4 seconds does not always assemble correctly. It is necessary to start again, to scratch again, and to redo about twenty test movements so that the eye is in agreement with the hand.
Calm your breathing to lower the heartbeat for the finishing touches of the object: eyes, collage, painting in general; the final scraping of a pencil lead sculpture. Sometimes the subject flies away in the studio forever ... it's part of the game!
For more pictures and explanations, I invite you to have a look at my artwork on my website : mariecohydon.blogspot.com
Don't hesitate to ask for information.
Thank you very much, have a good visit.
Pencil lead carving