In visual art, size has the power to impact the way the viewers respond because scale can influence the art experience. While it’s true that colossal artworks are indisputably impressive, there’s also something fascinating about miniatures that make them as stunning as their gigantic counterparts. Just take a look at these micro bird sculptures. French artist Marie Cohydon crafts her intricate carvings in minuscule scale and incredible detail. And if you’re wondering how ‘small’ her art is, the artist places each of her creations next to a tip of a pencil as a scale.
We were amazed by the miniature sculptures of Bosnian artist Jasenko which are carved out of the lead of a pencil. But Cohydon takes miniature art on yet another smaller scale by carving micro bird sculptures that are even smaller than a sharpened tip of a pencil. Her microsculptures are made of hardened glue, brush hairs, human hairs, and brought to life by watercolor paint. Take note that the pencil leads used in the photos for comparison are 5mm high and 2mm wide. So, that would give you an insight on how incredibly tiny these pieces are.
Micro Bird Sculptures
With this unbelievably minuscule scale, how did she carve all those intricate details? Cohydon reveals that each piece is carved using a mini scalpel, sewing needles, and extremely fine acupuncture needles. Apparently, the carving process is carried out under a microscope. After which, pictures are taken with a special camera magnifier to capture all the smallest details in the micro bird sculptures.
“To be [working] in the millimeter is to be in another dimension: accepting to be in the storm of tremors (heart, hands) and tornado (imperceptible breath of air on the dust). Physics, materials no longer behave in the same way on this scale, everything cracks, or breaks clean, everything flies when you cut, or you try to assemble. Making and remaking, twig after twig, little by little, the bird makes its nest, such is the universe of the microsculptor.”, the artist said.
If you love miniature art, you’ll be delighted to know that these micro bird sculptures are up for sale. You can visit her online shop to browse all her available artworks. Each piece comes in a lovely glass cover dome to let you display these amazingly tiny art in style.
Source: Marie Cohydon