The Artist’s Biologically Accurate Miniature Sculptures Make Us Take a Closer Look


You’ve probably heard this pithy wisdom that “art imitates life”. It is true that many great works of art are often inspired by real events or real people. Of course, while some artists may choose to indulge a bit of artistic freedom when it comes to creating their artwork, others may take another approach by faithfully replicating reality in their masterpieces- work.

Hungarian artist Fanni Sandor is one of those creatives who falls into the latter category, fashioning impossibly small sculptures of flora and fauna that are not only adorable but biologically correct. Originally trained as a microbiologist and science teacher, Sandor also spends much of her time crafting these remarkable pieces that evoke a childlike sense of wonder at the beauty of the natural world.

Fanni Sandor

Sandor is largely a self-taught artist when it comes to miniatures, although she also studied painting and drawing for a few years at art school. The first time she encountered the art of making miniatures was in her twenties via the Internet, and she was immediately captivated by the immediacy and intimacy of the medium.

Fanni Sandor

Yet all of these artistic discoveries and explorations are all tied to his inherent desire to share that sense of wonder with the world. As Sandor tells Treehugger in an email interview:

“I am a microbiologist and I also have a degree as a biology teacher. I consider environmental education and making people aware of nature very important. Art has always been part of my life, and that is a perfect channel for my message to reach wider groups, even indirectly.”

Fanni Sandor

Sandor’s works often depict animals such as ducks, blue jays, tree frogs and rodents in various postures of movement and rest. They are crafted from polymer clay, feathers, fur, fibers and other materials, and painstakingly assembled to bear an exact likeness of the original subject, all in a tiny 1-12 scale.

Fanni Sandor

From time to time, Sandor will also include natural elements of the ecosystem that supports the animal in question, such as the fungi and moss of this owl’s habitat, creating both a realistic and symbolic representation of the interdependent web. of life.

Fanni Sandor

As Sandor explains, this meticulous attention to detail is his way of forcing viewers to take a closer look at the natural world, from the macro-scale to the micro-scale:

“People walk past stunning natural treasures every day. It can be a small insect or a wonderful landscape. The majority of people are insensitive to nature, they don’t think that destructive human activities can really destroy it .With my works, I want to illustrate and convey to others the care and sensitivity that if we walk with our eyes open and pay attention, we can see many miracles that nature has given us.”

Fanni Sandor

Like so many other artists with an environmental goal in mind, Sandor faces the dilemma of how to get people to care more about nature. While some may choose to create large-scale environmental artwork, such as land art, Sandor deliberately went to the other end of the spectrum with her miniatures. Despite their small size, Sandor can still spend days or even weeks on a single piece. For example, this cute robin’s nest alone took three days.

Fanni Sandor

In order to grab people’s attention, Sandor explains that she deliberately chose to make them so small (and so irresistibly charming) that you can’t help but stop and take a close look at them:

“In my works, I strive to model animals and individual natural scenes as realistically and detailed as possible at 1:12 scale. You may need a good eye or a magnifying glass to see and appreciate the works in their entirety. This is the attention and concentration that we must experience when observing one of my works, in order to notice a miracle even in a group of roadside herbs. Thus, I think that my works educate members of the public who are interested in nature, so that we can see the miracle in all its details. The effect of this can contribute to better care for nature, realizing how important this system is wonderful and fascinating of which we can be a part.

To see more, visit Fanni Sandor’s Instagram and Facebook pages.


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