Artist Kendal Murray builds miniature mixed-media sculptures that take viewers on a playful and imaginative journey. Using tiny toy figures and objects, Murray builds small worlds filled with creative memories, daydreams, and fantasies. The artist says, “The idea of creating these miniature works came from dream states and how we are able to play with our own identity, to play with different roles we take on in our dream state. So the miniature works serve as a metaphor for intuitive thoughts.”
To construct the sculptures, Murray dips the figures into glue and then uses tweezers to delicately and precisely place them into the scenes–all of the which are set on unexpected objects like inside of a glass tea pot, on top of a small purse, or on one side of a compact mirror. By using such a specific base for each arrangement, Murray defines the boundaries of her story and invites viewers to peer in closely to get a better look. Each work is just a snapshot, but exactly what the story is about is left up to the viewer to decide. While inspecting the work, viewers will quickly find themselves inventing imaginative narratives about the characters and events.