There's something devilish about dioramas. New York artist Thomas Doyle uses the medium to construct captivating scenes of mayhem: a house with its walls ripped off teeters on the edge of a cliff; a woman tries to climb out of a yawning sink hole while a man watches from far below. Doyle uses figurines and building materials from model train sets to make his dioramas. He has a knack for finding the hopeless middle moment in a drama, after the destruction has set in, but before resolution arrives. "There is a darkness in most of the works and it's sometimes quite humorous," Doyle told the website Cool Hunting in a short documentary about his work (the video below). "I think we get a kick out of it because we're lording above it." If Doyle's scenes are amusing, it's a bitter kind of amusement that makes you look over your shoulder and worry: Is someone watching me?
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