Over the centuries, miniatures have been more than just art works. They have often been given as love gifts, and were meant to be kept close to the people who owned them.
The paintings’ size makes for an intimate viewing experience, and I have experimented with putting them in different objects that we keep close to our bodies, or in special places in the home: rings, small frames, phone cases.
The phone case piece below examines a different kind of intimacy to that between family members. It shows a woman who has made her career sharing every aspect of her life on YouTube. To what extent can I, who watch all her videos, be said to know her?