These elaborately staged miniatures from artist Amy Bennett require a few steps to get just the effect she desires: first, Bennett builds each tiny universe. Then, she paints beautifully detailed works using the minatures as models. Each model, and subsequent painting is an entire eco-system of a sort, and so far includes a theatre, a church, a doctor's office (above), a hospital, a restaurant, and others. From Bennett herself: 

"Similar to a memory, they are fictional constructions of significant moments meant to elicit specific feelings and to provoke the viewer to consider the moment before or after the one presented in the painting. I am interested in storytelling over time through repeated depictions of the same house or car or person, seasonal changes, and shifting vantage points. Like the disturbing difficulty of trying to put rolls of film in order several years after the pictures have been taken, my aim is for the collective images to suggest a known past that is just beyond reach."

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