(Human) scale: Is smaller taller?!
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