Oslo-based Norwegian artist Benedicte Lyssand creates intricately detailed miniature sculptures of ordinary people for her series titled Minorities. Each tiny, metallic figure is engaged in an often laborious activity that utilizes objects found in our normal lives. These minuscule men playfully use a spool of thread, twice their size, to sew and collect snowflakes the size of their torsos off a block of ice, reflecting the artist's imaginative sense of humor.
Lyssand says, “To me, art is about observing the small important things in life. Its about listening to children talking, watching how the snow falls or registering how a seed-pod bursts open in the sun. I try to capture the essence of each observation, interpret some of the magic from these everyday moments and illustrate them by making three dimensional objects. They all sum up to tell stories about extinct insects, relations between people, environmental policy and coincidences that lead up to unexpected changes in history.”