Tiny World: Christine Schukow's Dioramas

Tiny World: Christine Schukow's Dioramas

Jason Loper
Dec 14, 2010

I love art that can you can get lost in — art which can transport you to another time and place. These dioramas from Ellenville, New York artist Christine Schukow certainly posseses that quality.

Creating dioramas is an old art form that was popularized in the 19th century as a form of theater. Dioramas were often used to create 3D depictions of historic events and places. Christine gives us every day scenes with a focus on mid-century and modern life.

Many of Christine's dioramas have working lights and some, like the Big Boy, Theater, and Pawn Shop pieces, are animated. In those pieces the lights actually blink just as they would in the real world.

Standing in front of these pieces it really is easy to get lost in that particular time and place. I can imagine the smell of country air wafting over a warm summer breeze in Barn Dance. I can smell the fried food emanating from the Big Boy restaurant. And I can hear the honking cars and other city noises that would surround the pawn shop.

For more information on Christine's art, visit her website: christineoriginals.com.

Images: Christine Schukow

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