Tiny but Mighty

Celebrating the artistic impulse to keep things tiny

  • Emily Brown, Bedside, 1988, Oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 23 1/2 in., Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.171

    Emily Brown, Bedside, 1988, Oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 23 1/2 in., Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.171

  • Barbara Takenaga, Red Roses #2, 2005, Acrylic on dried rose petals on wood panel, 12 x 10 in., Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.149

    Barbara Takenaga, Red Roses #2, 2005, Acrylic on dried rose petals on wood panel, 12 x 10 in., Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.149

  • Kate Moran, Lucy, 1993-4, Painted metal and paper, 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 in., Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.179

    Kate Moran, Lucy, 1993-4, Painted metal and paper, 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 in., Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.179

  • Peter Dean, Studio Portrait with Mask and Advisor, 1976, Oil on board, 18 x 18 in., Gift of Lenore and Alvin Weseley in memory of Jonathan Weseley, 2012.8.2

    Peter Dean, Studio Portrait with Mask and Advisor, 1976, Oil on board, 18 x 18 in., Gift of Lenore and Alvin Weseley in memory of Jonathan Weseley, 2012.8.2

  • Betye Saar, Maid-Rite (Mask Eyes), 1998, Mixed media on vintage washboard, 24 x 12 x 2 in., Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.13

    Betye Saar, Maid-Rite (Mask Eyes), 1998, Mixed media on vintage washboard, 24 x 12 x 2 in., Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.13

  • Ray Yoshida, Eating Etiquette, 1982, Acrylic on canvas, 35 3/4 x 49 3/4 in., Gift of the Raymond K. Yoshida Living Trust and Kohler Foundation, Inc., 2011.12.1

    Ray Yoshida, Eating Etiquette, 1982, Acrylic on canvas, 35 3/4 x 49 3/4 in., Gift of the Raymond K. Yoshida Living Trust and Kohler Foundation, Inc., 2011.12.1

  • Astrid Bowlby, Or This Way, 2005, Ink on matboard, 13 3/4 x 10 3/4 in., Contemporary Art Development Fund, 2006.7.3

    Astrid Bowlby, Or This Way, 2005, Ink on matboard, 13 3/4 x 10 3/4 in., Contemporary Art Development Fund, 2006.7.3

  • Lenore Tawney, Untitled, 1974, Linen, paper and buttons, 8 x 10 in., Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.112

    Lenore Tawney, Untitled, 1974, Linen, paper and buttons, 8 x 10 in., Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.112

  • Tony Fitzpatrick, Honey Badger, n.d., Painting, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in., Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2013.13.8

    Tony Fitzpatrick, Honey Badger, n.d., Painting, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in., Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2013.13.8

Inspired by the dramatic shifts in scale in the Traction Company exhibition in the Fisher Brooks Gallery, Tiny but Mighty explores the artistic impulse to make things small. This Collections Focus brings together works of art from PAFA’s collection that are little in size, but carry immensely powerful visual experiences or messages. Also featured are works by artists who use small things (bugs, drawn lines, or beads, for example) to create larger objects or compositions. All of the artists use a wide range of techniques and materials—from drawing and painting to assemblage and stained glass—and draw on long standing traditions like miniature painting and collage. They transport us into a world that blends both the real and imagined by bringing our attention to minute details and inviting us to take a closer look. 

Listen to children discussing the artwork featured in Tiny but Mighty.

This Collections Focus was on view from July 2 - November 15, 2015.

See more Collections Focuses.