Atlanta Neuroscientist Turns Tiny Objects Into Art
An Atlanta-based neuroscience PhD student has turned various tiny objects in her life into an art project, entitled “100 Days of Tiny Things.”
Desirée De León got the idea from looking at loose change on her desk and lingering on the embossed heads on the coins. After impulsively drawing a speech bubble coming from one of them, she realized the potential to retrain herself (and others) to appreciate smaller, easily overlooked details in their lives.
“I like focusing on small objects because they’re the ones we’re most likely to pass over,” De León told The Guardian. “Most of my inspiration and the objects I use come from nature.” She gave them the example of chia seeds: “They look like tiny dinosaur eggs—it’s fascinating!”
De León’s process begins with pencil sketches, which become black ink drawings augmented by a three-dimensional object—flower petals, clovers, buttons, even Cheerios and orange wedges—for texture and depth.
Scroll down to see our curated selection of her work, and then check out more of the artist’s pieces on her Instagram page, where her following is anything but tiny (over 27K followers as of this writing). Selected prints of her work can be purchased at her online store.
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