A resident artist at Melbourne’s Blender Studios, installation and street artist Tinky works with miniature figurines and models on a Lilliputian scale, making use of gritty street landscapes, laneway drains or cracks in a wall.
Tinky often uses discarded, vintage, or oversized objects, to add comedic undertone, or exaggerate a message. In Tinky’s world, mini construction workers gather to fix a broken egg shell, or a discarded soy-sauce fish becomes “the big catch” for a tiny fisherman.
Hidden in plain sight, Tinky’s miniature works are accompanied by a punny caption which can only be found on her Instagram account. It has been said that Tinky’s miniature dioramas add a sense of surprise and wonder to the streets, with unlikely installations on a pipe or window sill, in a gutter, or a hole-in-the-wall.
While Tinky’s work is diminutive and often undertaken in the street, she has also been featured in solo and group gallery exhibitions and art festivals, including the Australian Biennale of Australian Art.