When I was about 12, I really got into making miniatures. I’d sculpt teeny tiny plates of food, and painstakingly carve expressive characters out of FIMO. I joined a miniatures enthusiasts club and everything. No, it didn’t make me more popular. I even started building a complex Victorian doll house, but I outgrew my interest before finishing the project. I’m certain it’s still in my old room at Mom’s house, hidden behind 20 years of other hobbies and collectibles. Imagine seeing compulsive hoarding on a miniature scale!
Barbie trashes her dreamhouse
I have a love of all things miniature. As a young adult, I collected small Japanese toys from a company called Rement. During the summer after completing graduate school I had some down time and decided to use my commercial photography skills to shoot my miniature collection as though it were “real”. Also during that time, I also frequently watched shows like “Hoarders” and “How Clean Is Your House?” With that in mind, this past summer I began creating the images that are presented here, though I reflect their inspiration as a mirror and not a judgement. For me, this series is about creating a small, but perfect world where the viewer cannot distinguish between what is reality and what is fiction.
When I saw her detailed work in a miniature scale, I was really blown away. I know how long it takes to create a simple scene in miniature. And I know what a compulsive hoard looks like. Carrie has created these highly authentic miniature worlds of compulsive hoarding with an accuracy that’s eerie! But brilliant! Look at the image above…the post-it notes on the computer monitor, the cardboard boxes as attempts for organizing, and my favourite, the motivational SUCCESS poster on the wall!
Art Imitates Life
Compare Carrie’s image above with one just under it sent from guest poster, Sue. See the barely exposed coffee table in the middle. The endless boxes. The stuffed bookshelves and curios. These are images from 2 totally different sources, but you can see how similar the theme seems to be no matter what hoarders home you’re looking at.
A Miniature World
Carrie has other themed small scale sets and they don’t all depict compulsive hoarding situations. I definitely recommend looking through her Flickr sets. She’s been featured on Huffington Post and TIME.com. She has her own website, carriembeckerart.com, and you can also find her on Facebook.
*All photos have been shared with Carrie’s permission. When I found her art, I contacted her through Facebook and asked if she’d mind being featured on NotJustClutter.