It’s a small world after all
On seeing a miniature architectural model for a proposed library, the ditsy male model Zoolander, from the hilarious movie of the same name, exclaimed: “What is this, a library for ants?”
South African painter Lorraine Loots’ #ANTSinNYC – her retrospective in Brooklyn, New York, of 730 ant-sized watercolour paintings – may need an ant-sized museum to house the artist’s incredibly fine thumbnail-sized miniatures. Her extraordinarily intricate handiwork captures elements of South African life in a space smaller than a R2 coin.
In Loots’ works there are ostriches, proteas and honey bees so tiny you could easily mistake them for polka dots.
But her diminutive world is revealed as you look closer.
They show the deft hand of an artist whose work forms part of a centuries-old tradition of painted miniatures intended to force you nearer to an image to pay attention to its details.
Her paintings, originally priced at $40 (R495) each, sold for as much as $1 000 each this month. – Garreth van Niekerk Check out more of her work at
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DELICATE a flower
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