Carefully Sculpts Scenes of Destruction, Disaster and Mayhem Encased in Thomas Doyle’s Ominous Dioramas.
Using models and materials originally built for the backdrop of model train sets, artist Thomas Doyle creates miniature dioramas with huge implications. Quaint scenes from suburbia are smashed into smithereens, characters are caught mid-homicide, and the front lines of military conflicts weave through mountains of consumer detritus.
Thomas Doyle carefully sculpts scenes of destruction, disaster and mayhem encased in glass domes. At the centre of his work is the iconic American clapboard house which can be seen teetering on the brink of sinkholes or cut in half horizontally. Figurines are surrounded by apocalyptic chaos yet betraying little emotion in their faces. They trudge along with suitcases or bury the dead, inviting viewers to be absorbed in the crucibles and memories they elicit. His work serves as a metaphor not just for the global economic crisis, but more profoundly for the idea that the traditional American homestead is not the safe haven we all presume it to be.
Inside London’s Ronchini Gallery, miniature, lifelike worlds are scattered about the white-walled rooms. Houses, people and landscapes all looking like they could have been ripped from the pages of Alice in Wonderland after the heroine sips her shrinking potion. The tiny works of art are part of Dream No Small Dreams, a newly opened exhibition curated by Bartholomew F. Bland that features pieces from Patrick Jacobs, Thomas Doyle and Adrien Broom, three New York City-based artists who are known for aiming a microscopic lens on humanity.
“My work mines the debris of memory through the creation of intricate worlds sculpted in 1:43 scale and smaller. Often sealed under glass, the works depict the remnants of things past—whether major, transformational experiences, or the quieter moments that resonate loudly throughout a life. In much the way the mind recalls events through the fog of time, the works distort reality through a warped and dreamlike lens.”
Carefully Sculpts Scenes of Destruction, Disaster and Mayhem Encased in Thomas Doyle’s Ominous Dioramas: