Tiina Allik is a retired professor of religious studies and psychotherapist. She moved to State College to be with her husband Scott Camazine, a retired entomology professor and medical doctor. She and Scott have been making art since they met in 2007.
The miniature watercolors in the gallery were painted and framed by Tiina. The sculptures are 3D models created by Scott with digital modeling software, printed by Shapeways, a major 3D printing company in NYC, and arranged on stands by Tiina. Scott and Tiina also turn wood. Some of the sculptures are miniature wood turnings.
When Karen asked me about this, this is what I was thinking …
I would just be making it to make it … losing myself in this imaginary smaller version of our world.
I guess it kind of speaks to me of having had our world shrink during this Covid-19 time? And having imaginary friends (or museum goers / virtual ones). The Glass Menagerie comes to mind …
And since we will be introducing it online, it will look big? But it will be small.
So for me, I will just playing with that idea of relative size etc. Alice in Wonderland perhaps. Imagining myself small is something I have pretty much always done. Not so much big, the big is more the reality than the fantasy.
So that will be where I am coming from. Which I don’t think will affect the work I am making? But obviously drawing or painting with a this size world brush/pencil etc. in a super small world, will not create work that would be of that world per se. Could be an opportunity to work Big while working Small … if that makes sense.
Have you seen the movie Gerhard Richter Painting? His studio assistants make models of his show spaces (museums, galleries, etc.) and then they shrink his work down proportionally and hang it in the space. Pretty amazing. That is what I am imagining … (http://www.gerhardrichterpainting.com)
Maybe for each of us it will be different! I wasn’t thinking gerbil or gecko, but why not? Since we are creating our own rooms in the museum, seems to me the sky is not even the limit! 🙂
These are some WIPs!
Initially, creating a miniature room was my way of envisioning my collages as large paintings hanging in an art gallery. The Gallery Shop, where I was to have a show in April, was closing during the pandemic. I began thinking that other artists might be missing opportunities, or might not have the materials or mindset to continue their usual practices. Possibly they would be open to doing something different to keep engaged and connected. And they were.
Working on a sculpture for the Chillyhill Studio Gallery at the Centre County Mini Museum. Very fun thanks to Karen and Adrienne! 😜
These photos show what I have done so far. Still working on some more pieces. This project has been so good for me in this time of pandemic. My mother died about a month ago, not from Covid-19 but from old age—96. I have found myself unable to concentrate on anything difficult or complex. This project I can do a piece at a time.
The theme for my exhibit is “Women’s Work.” I want to honor the handwork of women through the ages and also to express some of the symbolism of the Feminine. The room itself will be more classical in style, expressing the contrast between masculine, straight-line history and the organic, cyclical nature of the Feminine. The black and white of the room and the two tones of the goddess figure represent the idea that the feminine, “Mother Earth,” both nourishes and destroys.
Left to right: 9-Patch, Bottle Vase (made by Anne K. Grout), Broken Dishes, Gaia, Aphrodite’s Mirror, Clew.
Are you making a room for our museum? Follow these guidelines and then send us pictures of your progress!
Walls can be made from anything handy:
- foam core
- paper …
Just size and assemble in the way shown in the picture above.
Then make art to hang in your “gallery!”
You can even leave the final “assembly” until the last minute after you have hung your images and placed your sculptures.
Take pictures during your process! Send them to us!