The Scale

The scale of the figures is an issue that I had to search in depth. Behind my initial decision lied the idea that small would help me hide the identity of the sitter and focus on the body language.

In the last 25 years, sculptural trends have used scale to underline measurement, relationships, boldness, convey messages and create visions. An artist who’s work is playing almost solely on the aspect of scale is Mueck’s figurative representational work. Rachel Wells’ analysis, (in her book “Scale in contemporary Sculpture: Enlargement, Miniaturisation and the Life-Size”, Ashgate, 2013) suggests that the tension imposed to the surrounding context by an enlarged (or miniaturized) sculpture, create Aristotelian “proportional metaphors” or “metaphors by analogy” (p 168).

The miniaturization of the figure uses that metaphorical aspect, allowing the viewer to relate, create analogies and tales in a loose sense, following her individual mind topos. The fragility and preciousness of the small increases intimacy and opens up control issues, theatrical abilities and makes the spectator (if it is allowed to play with the setting of figures) a director.


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