Cynthia Greig



I am fascinated by the fact that almost anything can be found in miniature. I’m equally intrigued by the desire to collect such tiny replicas of objects from our own material world. As a smaller scale surrogate of the original, the miniature seems to imply the existence of some kind of alternative universe where we are like gods, omnipotent and in control. For this series I photograph my friends and family interacting with miniature objects as if they are functioning, workable tools or possessions. In the darkroom I enlarge the 35mm color negative so that the previously small objects appear to approximate “normal” or “‘life-size” scale in the final photograph.

Here, gigantic adult figures invade a claustrophobic world of Lilliputian sunglasses, guns and keys, awkwardly attempting to make these under-sized objects function as if they were actual working possessions. This intersection of scales disturbs the imagined perfection of a mini-sized fantasy world. As viewers, we must rethink our point of view as our sense of natural order is called into question. Humorous and absurd narratives unfold in the process of reconciling and interpreting the relationships between large and small, adult and child, work and play, reality and illusion. These photographs draw attention to how we see. They ask the viewer to look beyond the surface and confront the betrayal of appearances. By making images that challenge our expectations, I’m exploring how photographs can be used to manipulate our perceptual experience and, as a result, shape our understanding of the world around us.

5 thoughts on “Cynthia Greig

  1. The life-size picture is only a fantasy. I would be skeptical to believe we are gods to another universe or that we really are big in our world. I believe we are actually very small and the key to open our world to other places is very huge. The door to explore our universe is larger than we can ever imagine.

  2. Scale is always fun to play with within the field of art. It brings out the child in us. I’ve enjoyed the display that they have in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry.

  3. Like this artist, I too have always been fascinated by miniatures since I was a child. There is something about them that suggests another reality, and juxtaposed here with an adult figure, forces us to think about our own reality and our small role in it. These images suggest that as humans, we are just a tiny part of the universe, and to me this forces us to put into perspective things that are really meaningful and valuable in our lives.

  4. It is interesting that humans feel compelled to replicate things in miniatures, and that many of us are so amused by them. Do we not already have enough control over our worlds that we need to duplicate them in smaller sizes?

    The photos on Greig’s website also show the extent to which items are miniaturized. What is the point of making a mini voting ballot? Her images are entertaining though. The gun in the mini evidence bag…shuffling a tiny deck of cards…shooting up with a tiny needle…these scenarios are amusing.

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