ARTIST STATEMENT: Dioramas restructure and rescale information, abstracting and simplifying it in the process. This simplification allows them to stand in for broader themes, often in the service of ideology and tinted by nostalgia. It’s no surprise that military campaigns and train lines are among the most common subjects for hobbyist modelers and museums alike. Both condense and mythologize a moment—whether fleeting (a climactic battle) or decades long (the golden era of American railways)—and preserve it like an insect in amber.
In contrast, dioramas depicting nature absent of technology open a window to a deeper timescale. In an age of climate crisis and mass extinction, they leave space to consider the before and the after, cause and effect.