Miniature Art Fights Big Issues in a New Exhibition

Althea Crome for "WEE#RESIST" | Courtesy of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures
Althea Crome for "WEE#RESIST" | Courtesy of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures
Photo of Rachel Gould
Art & Design Editor13 June 2017

WEE#RESIST may exhibit teeny tiny artworks, but the participants have a big message for the megalomaniac politicians of the world.

Opening on June 18 at D. Thomas Fine Miniatures in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, WEE#RESIST is a showcase of colossal talent in small-scale that creatively “explores the growing issues, challenges and controversies facing all people as we move together through a period of political uncertainly.”

William Kass, "Resist White House" (2017). Courtesy of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures.

Guest curated by anthropology professor Louise Krasniewicz from the University of Pennsylvania, WEE#RESIST spotlights expertly-crafted miniature artworks by 12 hand-picked artists from around the world. Neither the website nor the press release explicitly targets any one politician as a point of inspiration, but the works on display are a direct response to the artists’ displeasure with the state of the modern day.

Rooted in a shared frustration and feelings of individual powerlessness, WEE#RESIST was created “to provide a space for many talented artists to express their opinions through the use of the miniature form to inspire dialogue,” says Darren Scala, founder of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures. “Miniatures compel us to focus in on a subject, explore intricacies and techniques used for their creation, and challenge us to think, question, and react.”

William Kass, "Politician" (2017). Courtesy of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures.

From dioramas to sculptures, the range of artworks on view at D. Thomas Fine Miniatures all exhibit incredible technique and a unified fighting spirit. “Our mission is for these selected works to become a collective voice to raise awareness, motivate critical thought, and inspire us to call for positive change,” Krasniewicz says in the press release.

The artworks may be wee, but together, they boldly confront the colossal cultural and political issues we’re forced to battle in contemporary society.

Mackenize McAlpin for "WEE#RESIST." Courtesy of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures.

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