The habits and interests we establish when we are younger often influence our lives in powerful ways. When the artist Dina Brodsky At eighteen, she discovers two passions that will become essential in her life. “The first was painting” she writes. “The second was the long-distance bike.” In his series Lilliput cycling guideshe shows how the two work together to inform her exquisite miniature landscape artwork.
“Long-distance bike rides have become my favorite form of travel, a way to gather ideas and information for the next painting year,” Brodsky says. “Specifically, I was drawn to miniature painting, first studying Islamic miniature art, then medieval manuscript illumination, combining this with the classical painting techniques I had learned over the years. ” Each of her small works encapsulates a memory she had on her travels, from moonlit scenes to snowy roads to reflecting ponds. Painted with incredible realism, the realistic circular compositions hint at a larger story in which Brodsky leads the way.
What drives Brodsky to paint on such an impressive scale? “I like to think that the reason my works have become so tiny over the years is that the painting itself is partly an act of meditation,” she reflects, “to be able to hold something still enough in my mind that I can capture an image of it.As it becomes easier to slip into this meditative state, the object I need to focus on becomes smaller.
Artist Dina Brodsky creates miniature landscape paintings of places she has cycled a long distance.
My Modern Met granted permission to use images by Dina Brodsky.
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