Archive for April 7, 2010

Tiny Worlds between heartbeats

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, DESIGN, SCULPTURE with tags , , , on April 7, 2010 by echostains

Peter Pan

A gruelling week begins.  Courses to go on.  Course which take up most of the day.  After the course, which will end around 8PM, I shall be off with my husband for a bite to eat and a few drinks.  So if the posts for the next few days are rather short – that’s the reason why 🙂

Ron Mueck 'mask'

There’s some clever people around (just look at those women in art films).  Most of them of course come on my blog 🙂   We’ve looked at large sculptures by artists like Ron Mueck, whose work is disconcertingly colossal.  But there are what is known as ‘Micro sculptors.  Willard Wigan is one of them.  His teeny sculptures like the ones done  in the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin are absolutely amazing!  Some can’t even be seen with the naked eye.

Willard Wigan

The artist paints  his sculpture with the hair of a dead fly!!  He has also used his own eyelash.  What patience and what a steady hand he must have!  Born in 1957 Birmingham UK, Wigan struggled at school and diverted himself by making miniscule art.

“It began when I was five years old,” says Willard. “I started making houses for ants because I thought they needed somewhere to live. Then I made them shoes and hats. It was a fantasy world I escaped to where my dyslexia didn’t hold me back and my teachers couldn’t criticise me. That’s how my career as a micro-sculptor began.”

ship in a pinhead

Wigan’s art has been referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ – and it’s no wonder really.  He has to put himself into a meditative state in order sculpt these tiny works of art, and works between pulse beats to avoid hand tremors.

statue of Liberty Willard Wigan

The artist has been approached by a film company to make a film of his life story.   I for one would love to watch this!  He  has received an MBE from Prince Charles for his contribution to art.  this short video shows Wigan’s tribute to President Obama:_

Willard Wigan’s website HERE

There are lots of videos about this interesting artist on YouTube here