Thomas Doyle is an artist living and working in New York. His medium is typically sculpture; He creates miniature environments with small-scale models. We are happy to share the story about a very meticulous and delicate genre of art. Enjoy reading the interview with Thomas Doyle.
AP: Thomas, please tell us about your first works. What did they look like?
TD: As many children are, I was really interested in dioramas from a young age. I made my first at the age of three with a small piece of wood, white and blue Play-Doh, and a small plastic penguin—from these I constructed a snow/sea setup. I played with action figures, military models, built dollhouses out of shoeboxes, etc. When I returned to this medium as an adult I started creating works that look much like they do today; I found the spot I was most comfortable in have continued ever since.
AP: Do you have any formal education in this sphere e or were you self-taught?
TD: I attended school and studied art, though my focus was on painting and printmaking – I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a model-making class outside of an architectural school. That said, the knowledge I gained from learning to draw, mix colors, and tackle formal issues was invaluable to me.
AP: How would you describe your works?
TD: I create small-scale environments that are often displayed under glass. These environments lately focus on houses and families’ interactions in and around them. The subjects dwell in the arena of the uncanny; they tend to be psychological and heavily focused on narrative.
AP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use to create your sculptures?
TD: The works are created from a variety of materials, but at the core are sculpted from plaster, foam, and papier mâché. To populate the worlds I build items from scratch as well as from kits; the latter are scuffed, painted, weathered, and modified to arrive at the look I desire. The materials come from hardware stores, art supply shops, model railroading and hobby stores, and the trashcan—I am always collecting bits of plastic and paper that may one day find their way into a piece.
AP: Would you consider yourself as an expert in this sphere?
TD: No, not an expert, but I’m always pushing myself to take it further; that’s what keeps it interesting.
AP: What is the formula for success in your activity?
TD: I try to keep tenacity and a refusal to accept “good enough” in the work at the core of my studio practice. It’s always easier to stop—but it’s far less rewarding.
AP: Would you like to wish something to your reader s and AstrumPeople?
TD: Thank you.
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