No, that’s not a giant fly. That’s a really teeny, tiny cat sculpture. Feast your eyes at Willard Wigan’s masterpieces, but don’t forget to bring a microscope. Most of his work are so small that they comfortably fit in the eye of a needle with plenty of room left over to spare. Some micro sculptures of his are even set on a pin head. With nowhere to buy conventional art materials small enough to fit his need, Willard had to resort to utilizing everything on hand. He uses hairs from the leg of a fly as a paintbrush. Human hair, bits of crayon, bone, this guy uses things you wouldn’t even notice. This 55-year old native of Birmingham started sculpting when he was five years old. He had dyslexia and struggled at school. Art was his only solace. The dedication and skill it takes to create these masterpieces distinguishes Willard Wigan’s work as much as the sculptures themselves.
I love my dogs, reading books, and taking great pictures with my battered but still functional digital camera. Taking great pictures with a high end camera is almost too easy, producing fantastic images with an outdated one is an accomplishment by itself.