Miniature landscape paintings on two-inch plexiglas circles by artist Dina Brodsky. The images are based on her memories of long-distance bicycle riding alone through Europe over the course of ten years and are derived from intricate drawings in ballpoint pen kept in a travel journal. Many of the paintings are from the biker's perspective with low vantage points. The works are reminiscent of the the Hudson River School with portrayals of pastoral scenes as well as the landscape paintings of American nineteenth-century artists such as George Inness and Albert Bierstadt. Although Brodsky admires the qualities of large-scale paintings, she is compelled by the intimacy of the small format in which each scene, framed on its own, presents a unique opportunity for reflection.
Each miniature is an attempt to capture a specific moment throughout my travels that I can return to vividly in my memory. I like to think that the reason my works have gotten so tiny over the years is that painting itself is partially an act of meditation, of being able to hold something still enough in my mind that I can capture an image of it. As it becomes easier to slip into that meditative state, the object I need to concentrate on becomes smaller.