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In a smaller scale

The Academy's BFA3 in Vita Kuben, Norrlandsoperan

In this exhibition in Vita kuben, 18 bachelor’s students from the University of the Arts in Umeå participate. They have all been given the task to make works in a smaller scale. They have worked in different materials such as painting, video, sound and sculpture and the result is an exciting exhibition in which one can peek into their different worlds and artistry.

Miniatures have always fascinated – both the technical aspect and the purely aesthetic. You have to look closely to see all the details. It also has to do with size change – when something doesn’t have its ”correct” size, we get a confused.  When Michelangelo made his great David sculpture, he had to make the head disproportionately large so that the body would be perceived correctly when viewed from below. In the same way, it is not possible to miniaturize works straight away as some details might disappear – then you have to make these details larger.

The word miniature comes from the French and was originally about small paintings that were primed with paint. Portrait miniatures were first painted in the 1520s courts of England and France. Such miniature portraits were painted in watercolor on vellum (fine animal skin), and protected in medallions or lidded boxes, so that they could either be worn or carried in pockets. The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has a large collection of miniatures.

Eye miniatures, also known as lover’s eyes, cropped up across Britain around 1785 and were popular for shorter than half a century. They were mostly commissioned as gifts expressing devotion between loved ones. All were intimate and exceedingly precious: eyes painted on bits of ivory no bigger than a pinky nail, then set inside ruby-garlanded brooches, pearl-encrusted rings, or ornate golden charms meant to be tucked into pockets, or pinned close to the heart.

Participating artists:
Lisa Bister, Amanda Angeli Blombäck, Tim Bohlin, Clara Diab & Mads Christoffersen, Michaela Frycklund, Emmie Jansson, Albin Limnell, Miriam Lindgren, Jonna Lindahl, Joanne Löfling, Sara Millak, Malin Nygren, Petter Olofsson, David Varhelyi, Amalia Wänman, Fanny Åberg och Tin Åling.
Universitetslektor/handledare:  Edith Pasquier.


Opening hours at Vita Kuben:
10 May – 1 June
Monday – Friday 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:00

Where can I find Vita Kuben?

Vita Kuben is located adjacent to the upper foyer of Norrlandsoperan, you can see the cube hanging from the ceiling. Follow the red stairs up or take the lift. 

The event on Facebook.

Latest update: 2024-05-06