Scale refers to an object’s coming into being in relation to another object. The relative size of artwork is always compared to the size of the human body. Small-scale, big-scale, enormous and miniature are all terms that use the human body as relational reference. In other words, scale must be seen in the light of our human scale.
When I experience art I experience it through my own body size. I experience and interact with it with take-off in my own physical dimensions, capabilities and limits. I love to get overwhelmed by big-scale artworks and let my body be absorbed fully in the piece of work. Up until now, my art practice has been driven by a fascination with big-scale. However, in my attraction to “bigger is better” I might have neglected the potentials of small-scale. Thus, it is time to turn my scale-perception upside down and ask: Is smaller “taller”?!
Reflection after my tutorial with Jonathan Kearney
University of the Arts London
11th June 2015