TALWST is a Canadian-Trinidadian artist engaged in mixed media and performance practices. Through his work, he explores the narrative of art history, whilst inserting elements of contrasting cultures in order to engage a larger audience and in hopes of broadening
the addressed themes in art historical discourse.
According to the artist, the idea for this series of miniature dioramas came about when a street vendor in Paris handed him an antique ring box and told him “I want to see what you make with this.” Talwst created a scene of a figure emerging from the sea and has been creating tiny scenes ever since.
The artist frequently uses the ring boxes as small, encapsulated commentaries on current events. For example, he portrays the death of Michael Brown inside a drab brown box where police officers surround the subject shooting guns (the smoke is cotton). Working within the confines of the boxes allows him to focus on perfecting minute details, offering a sense of control and the ability to change things.
Apparently it all started about 7 years ago when a Parisian street vendor have Talwst an old ring box and told him to try and make something out of it. And he did, and he never stopped! “I like to capture memories and fleeting moments,” he said to The Guardian. “They feel all the more moving because of their fugitive nature.” He gets some boxes himself, either in market or on eBay, and gets sent some by his fans. All end up becoming tiny portals to another time and another world – which is the artist’s intention.
Tiny Detailed Dioramas Hidden Inside Vintage Ring Boxes by Talwst: