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The artist’s biologically accurate miniature sculptures inspire us to take a closer look

You’ve probably heard that little bit of concise wisdom that “art imitates life”. It is indeed true that many great works of art are often inspired by real events or real people. Of course, while some artists may choose to give themselves some artistic license when it comes to creating their artwork, others may take another route by faithfully reproducing reality in their masterpieces.

Hungarian artist Fanni Sandor is one of those creatives who fall into the latter category, shaping incredibly small sculptures of flora and fauna that are not only adorable but biologically correct. Originally trained as a microbiologist and science teacher, Sandor now also spends a good chunk of time modeling these stunning pieces that evoke a sense of childish wonder at the beauty of the natural world.

Fanni Sandor


Sandor is largely a self-taught artist when it comes to miniatures, although he also studied painting and drawing for a few years in art school. The first time she encountered the art of creating miniatures was in her twenties via the Internet, and she was immediately fascinated by the immediacy and intimacy of the medium.

Fanni Sandor


Yet all of these artistic discoveries and explorations tie back to his inherent desire to share that sense of wonder with the rest of the world. As Sandor tells Treehugger in an email interview:

“I am a microbiologist and I also have a degree in biology. I consider environmental education and raising people’s awareness of nature very important. Art has always been part of my life and is a perfect channel for my message to reach larger groups. numerous, even indirectly “.

Fanni Sandor


Sandor’s works often depict animals such as ducks, jays, tree frogs and rodents in various positions of movement and rest. They are made with polymer clay, feathers, fur, fibers and other materials and carefully assembled to present an accurate resemblance to the original subject, all on a minuscule scale from 1 to 12.

Fanni Sandor


From time to time, Sandor will also include natural elements of the ecosystem that supports the animal in question, such as the mushrooms and moss of this owl’s habitat, creating a both realistic and symbolic representation of the interdependent web of life.

Fanni Sandor


As Sandor explains, this meticulous attention to detail is his way of forcing viewers to take a closer look at the natural world, from the macroscale to the microscale:

“People pass by wonderful natural treasures every day. It can be a small insect or a beautiful landscape. Most people are insensitive to nature, they don’t think that the destructive activities of humanity can really destroy it. With my works, I want to illustrate and convey to others the attention and sensitivity that if we walk with our eyes open and pay attention, we can see many miracles that nature has given us. ”

Fanni Sandor


Like so many other artists with an environmental goal in mind, Sandor faces the dilemma of how to get people to care more about nature. While some may choose to create environmental artwork on a massive scale, such as land art, Sandor has deliberately gone to the other end of the spectrum with her miniatures. Despite their small size, Sandor can still spend days, and sometimes weeks, on one piece. For example, this adorable robin nest alone took three days to complete.

Fanni Sandor


To get people’s attention, Sandor explains that he purposely chose to make them so small (and so irresistibly charming) that you can’t help but stop and examine them closely:

“In my works, I strive to model animals and individual natural scenes as realistic and detailed as possible on a scale of 1:12. You may need a good eye or a magnifying glass to see and enjoy the works in their entirety. This is the attention and concentration that one must feel when observing one of my works, to be able to notice a miracle even in a group of weeds along the road, so I think my works sensitize the public that is interested in nature, so that we can see the miracle in all its details. The effect of this can help us take better care of nature, realizing how wonderful and fascinating this system we can be part of. ”

To find out more, visit Fanni Sandor’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

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