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Ballerina by Meghan Maconochie
Picture by Meghan Maconochie

Being great in little things

Scientists may debate the expanding universe ad infinitum; in the meantime we’ll just delight in the fact that certain things are getting really small.

It was an interest in little living things (moss, ants, spiders) that inspired Brazilian-born artist Dalton M. Ghetti to begin creating the smallest possible carvings visible to the naked eye on the ends of graphite pencils. Done solely for personal inspiration, meditation, and as a form of recycling (he uses discarded pencils found on the streets), Ghetti’s works are a personal expression – exhibited but never sold.
  Artistic expression is what led South African artist Lorraine Loots to make tiny art, too. Limiting herself to a square inch in which to create, Loots decided to begin and complete a painting every day, while a nine-to-five job paid the bills.
  Her wee art landed on Instagram, then leapt over the big pond to an exhibition in the US called ‘Ants in NYC’ in July last year. Now it’s her day job and just as much fun as when it all started.
  School teacher Meghan Maconochie offers a variation on the same theme of a project a day for a year. She uses coloured pencil shavings to depict pop culture and ‘other interesting subjects’. The works are ‘all created from hand-sharpened pencils and layered on card or paper. Some take ten minutes to do, others take hours and hours!’ she says.
  While still in the process of finding a way to fix the shavings once the textured image is complete, Maconochie photographs them and discards them. Her inspiration? ‘I like to create pieces that people can relate to and recognise. I create what inspires me that particular day or week, whether it be music, film, people or other artists.’
  Go see Dalton Ghetti, Paintings for Ants and Megan Maconochie for a little inspiration.
  While you’re at it, check out small art for big people at Vin d’Easel. It's quirky art that comes on its own miniature easel…