Although the scenes are often inspired by present-day people and occurrences, the setting within the vintage ring boxes and the time-tested art of diorama-making itself causes the landscapes to appear antiqued. Some of the more quaint scenes include surprising twists imported from the present day, such as a horse-and-buggy scene with a McDonalds sign subtly hovering in the background.
The artist frequently uses the ring boxes as small, encapsulated commentaries on current events. For example, he portrays the death of Michael Brown inside a drab brown box where police officers surround the subject shooting guns (the smoke is cotton). Working within the confines of the boxes allows him to focus on perfecting minute details, offering a sense of control and the ability to change things.
“The work’s small scale allows me the opportunity for a very particular kind of meditation,” he says. “The overarching theme is related to time and space; to my sense of the vastness and the fragility of the world which I inhabit; and my fleeting memories of this world.”
via [Junk Culture, The Guardian][+]