With the harmonious combination of small parts and materials, a Greek artist has created aesthetic miniature worlds enclosed in small boxes, frames and watch cases.
From the youngest age, Gregory Grozos had a natural inclination towards the arts, as her father was a graphic designer who also enjoyed painting in his spare time. Following in his father’s footsteps, Grozos pursued studies in graphic design and graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts.
“There were a lot of art books in the house that I took out of the library and went through when I was a young kid,” he told The Epoch Times. “It was a great environment to start developing my aspiration to become an artist.”
Grozos said he was aware of the responsibility he took on in creating work that could impact the world and “how art can affect people positively or negatively”. He said it’s his faith in the divine that leads him to imagine whether his reasoning and goal of creating a work of art would make our world better or worse.
Grozos, who started creating miniature worlds a decade ago, comes up with his own themes and ideas which he classifies as “fantastic and imaginary”.
“Astronomers, alchemists, inventors and airship commanders populate tiny workshops, building machines and flying vehicles. In some of my other works, unicorns, fairies and mythical beings inhabit magical landscapes,” Grozos said.
According to Grozos, creating each delicate-looking treasure is a “learning process” that involves lots of trial and error as well as an endless process of self-development. He said there is always a “series of failures” that leads to every “little success”.
“Sometimes things come out pretty effortless, but oftentimes making things work is a matter of persisting through difficulties and overcoming many obstacles,” he said.
To grow and further develop his artistic output, Grozos said the ancient spiritual practice of Falun Gong, or Falun Dafa, became his “guide”. The practice consists of five gentle exercises, as well as moral teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. The spiritual discipline, first introduced in China in 1992, is now practiced by more than 100 million people worldwide.
Grozos, who began practicing spiritual meditation 11 years ago, said that as he began to apply positive universal principles ‘to assess and address’ all aspects of his daily life, he experienced a ‘profound change’. in his way of thinking and living.
“I’ve learned that being a little more kind and patient is actually becoming more sensitive to the workings of the universe itself and that things tend to become smoother and run better,” said he declared.
With consistent practice, Grozos noticed that when he began to adjust his thoughts in a “more positive direction”, many issues naturally resolved themselves in the process.
The catalyst for starting his work with miniature worlds came from the book “Zhuan Falun”, the main text of Falun Gong.
“After reading this book, I understood how entire worlds exist at the level of microscopic particles and how even a grain of sand can contain an entire universe,” Grozos said. “This idea led me to develop the idea of creating a miniature world, populated by tiny people, buildings and machines, so small that a person can actually carry on their own.”
He found this concept very intriguing and set out to research the materials and techniques needed to realize his dream of creating miniature worlds. He showcases and sells his exquisite artwork both in a physical store and on Etsy.
As Grozos strives to create works of art that reflect and incorporate the ideas of “beauty, creativity and benevolence”, he has also seen how ideologies such as communism and socialism have negatively impacted the world. .
“These ideologies degrade human intellect, spirit and the value of human life, attempting to turn society into a giant machine where people become little more than robots fulfilling functional roles,” he said. declared.
“Living our lives in this modern society has become not only a constant attempt to try to do better despite all the daily difficulties, but also a struggle against this set of societal and political forces that try to drag us down to deprive us of our happiness, of our creativity. , and spiritual potential.
Grozos thinks the danger is most apparent in China, where religions including Falun Gong have become targets of repression by the Chinese Communist Party.
“The benevolent principles of the practice – truthfulness, compassion and tolerance – could not be tolerated by a materialistic Marxist regime that operates by turning people against each other and uses corruption, lies and hatred to oppress them,” he said. he declared.
During the past 22 years of persecution, millions of Falun Gong adherents have been detained, imprisoned, tortured and lost their jobs. Witnessing such a crime against humanity, Grozos found it intolerable and worked to raise awareness of these “heinous crimes”.
Using the platform of art, Grozos attempts to bring the destructive elements together with the positive ones and aesthetically show “how a man can make a moral choice between the two”.
“I believe in preserving and developing a positive, artistic, philosophical and moral culture that reflects who we are at the core of our human being,” he said. “Our core principles make us who we are, and the aspiration to become better humans is a boundless journey that can open up a world of wonder and beauty.”
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Arshdeep Sarao contributed to this report.