Crime reporter-turned-artist Abigail Goldman creates miniature crime scene displays that are playfully titled Die-o-ramas. The oddly twisted dioramas, approximately four inches in height, feature miniature characters encased in a gruesome scene of murder that involves anything from one figure shooting another to a vicious animal attack. There's even the unusual sight of one dismembered figure, split in two, from being run over by a lawnmower.
The sculptor's creations are peculiar cubes of violence that have a dark sense of humor about them. What adds to the whimsy of each piece are the figurines themselves. Often bought from websites designed to add flair to model train sets, the miniature figures are seemingly innocent characters who have apparently gone on a terrible rampage. Additionally, the deaths are often displayed in public spaces, on a patch of grass or out in the open on a front yard, making them all the more curious to witness. Like a real crime scene (or car crash), it's bizarrely difficult to look away.
Abigail Goldman website
Abigail Goldman on Trifecta Gallery