Art Through a Microscope : Innovative Art
It's not every day you visit an art gallery only to find the exhibition is visible only through the lens of a microscope.
"Painstakingly fashioned from gold, specs of dust, precious gems, droplets of glue and paint along with numerous other materials including eyelashes and spiders webbing, each artwork is living proof of the power of belief."
Willard Wigan creates what his website calls the world's smallest and most wonderous works of art. His site calls him a micro sculptor. I call him a magician.
His website explains that Willard Wigan was born in Birmingham, England in 1957 and is the creator of the smallest works of art on earth. From being a traumatised and unrecognised dyslexic child, he is now emerging as the most globally celebrated micro-miniaturist of all time and is literally capable of turning a spec of dust into a vision of true beauty.
BBCrecently interviewed the artist. In this interview, Willard explains that his inspiration came from his childhood obsession. "He says, "Call me eccentric, I suppose, but when I was little I had a fascination for ants so I set about making houses for them. I got obsessed with miniature things."...
He says it takes approximately one to two months working in total solitude at his studio in Jersey to complete an individual piece.
"The stillness of it is very important - you have to control the whole nervous system, you have to work between the heartbeat - the pulse of your finger can destroy the work," explains Willard."