New miniature "die-o-ramas" by Washington-based artist Abigail Goldman featuring mundane suburban settings that consists of crime scenes and gore. The artist constructs each fictitious scene using a variety of materials such as synthetic grass, styrofoam, and model train set figures. Every component is formed with thoughtful consideration and the attention to detail draws the viewer in only to be greeted by unexpected violence. The miniscule size and disposition of each sculpture clashes with the unapologetic crimes taking place, often creating a humorous reaction. Goldman’s fascination in crime and forensics began at an early age, eventually leading to a job as a crime reporter at the Las Vegas Sun and later as an Investigator for the Federal Public Defender of Nevada. Her time spent analyzing the details of old crimes influences her current interest in miniature narratives.
Today, there’s an anger buzzing just under the surface—polite exchanges through clenched teeth, charged conversations around the water cooler at work, someone cuts you off on the highway and you see red. It’s a frenzy out there. By condensing rage, miniaturizing it, making violence preposterous and humorous—maybe there’s some relief.On view at Hashimoto Contemporary through August 27.