It’s a small world af­ter all

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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

paint­ings­forants.com

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PHOTOS: LORRAINE LOOTS

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An in­tri­cate paint­ing of

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