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Self Portrait

This artwork is on view at the Museum of Arts and Design in the exhibition Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities.

In 2000, as a study on artistic process and the sacred studio space, I began creating miniature sculptures of historical artists in their studios. Two years later my interest turned from artists of the past to contemporary artists.

My process begins with a visit to an artist’s studio where I conduct a formal interview, which is recorded and later transcribed. I then photograph and measure almost everything in the studio, including the space itself and all the personal minutiae that may later be of interest. Back in my own studio, the making process begins. When creating the studio and its environment I use the same materials when possible, just in a miniature (one-inch-to-one-foot) scale.

In the end, working in a miniature scale allows me to bring the viewer into the artist’s studio and to present a glimpse of the creative process and the space where art is created. - Segment of Artist Statement by Joe Fig

Images courtesy of the artist

Materials: 

Wood, polymer clay, paper, pencil, oil/acrylic paint, lights, compact disk, metal, plastic, dirt

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Comments

Looks like the artist really put some time into this. Truly a fascinating piece.