Snow globes and dioramas by Martin & Munoz from the Traveler and Islands Collections
I'm very excited about the upcoming winter holidays. I think you should know. The fantastical wintry imagery that accompanies the the darker half of the year may be my favorite part. And luckily for me, Christmas is notorious for shrunken wonders; miniature light-up villages, train sets, ornaments and snow globes, just to name a few. So, in the spirit of the season, I'll be taming my madcap tiny lust by featuring only winter/holiday-themed Tiny Tuesdays from now until the new year. Hooray for that!
To kick off the season, I present to you works from two of my favorite artists, Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz. This husband and wife team create whimsically nightmarish worlds, encapsulated in the swirling kitch of snow globes. In the midst of each scene's beautiful glittery snowfall, you'll discover bewildering and darkly humored scenes, reminiscent of a strange, repetitive dream. The snow globes were inspired by the artists' woodland home in the Appalachian foothills, where the serene, beautiful snow seemed to mask the dark reality of their neighbors' troubles and secrets. Oh, how intriguing!
While not particularly brimming with holiday cheer (OK, not at all), these evoke the same degree of winter wonderment I feel when peering out at freshly fallen snow. When silence and white hides everything, the world is suddenly eerie and mysterious - not at all unlike the world captured within these snow globes, wouldn't you say?
Need a closer look? Go here to explore these tiny worlds.
Read a little bit about Martin and Muñoz here.