Thomas Doyle

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Unsurprisingly, given the prevalence of small objects in my own work, the idea of the miniature has always fascinated me. It’s easy to fall into kitsch with it though, something that Thomas Doyle manages to avoid. Instead, his tiny worlds capture and reveal intense moments of strangeness in which we’re the ultimate voyeur.

Sometimes it’s pretty clear what’s going on, as in this piece:

Thomas Doyle = The Reprisal
Thomas Doyle: The reprisal, 2006

But in others, the narrative is far less obvious, leading to an art that speaks of fracture and dislocation.

Thomas Doyle - They draw you out
Thomas Doyle: They draw you out, 2006

His work makes me think about that moment in a dream when the unnerving quality of an almost normal situation suddenly overwhelms you and you start to slip inexorably into a nightmare.

I am an artist & purveyor of obsessive projects based in Hebden Bridge, England. My work involves the accretion of large numbers of small objects - pins in fabric, knots in string or hundreds of envelopes - to make sculptures that deal with fragility, loss, repetition, obsession and time.

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