Willard Wigan began fiddling in the sand making little houses for ants at a young age. He had dyslexia and learning difficulties and could escape an unforgiving world by making his own "little" world.
He went on to create figures made out of thread, dust, and tiny particles found in nature. His paintbrush is made of an insect's antennea. He's used spiderwebs and tiny pieces of thread in his work. His work is so small that it can only be seen with a microscope. He usually displays his figures on the head of pin or in the eye on a needle as seen below in the "Owl" and "Elephant". His contemporary display "cabinet" consists of a globe with a magnifyer lens and light attached which looks down upon the tiny figurine.
Willard works during the wee hours of the night. Before he sits down to work, he induces himself into a deep meditative state to reduce heavy breathing and hand tremors. Any vibrations caused by traffic or natural ocurrances disrupt his concentration and steadiness. His figurines are on exhibition and only a limited amount are available to the public. One figurine takes 3 months to complete. Famous collectors such as Prince Charles and Elton John are fortunate enough to own one which can cost upwards of $40,000.
USA Exhibition Dates
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Kathys Animal Figurines on Etsy