Interview: Rosa De Jong - Detailed Miniature World Encased In Test Tubes
Dutch artist Rosa De Jong creates detailed miniature worlds encased in test tubes.
This series, titled “Micro Matter” depicts dreamlike inhabitable structures like tree houses, camp sites, towering houses, and skyscrapers infused with elements of nature. Her floating world inside culture tubes imagines a world with a relaxing atmosphere and a space for meditation.
Rosa is a free lance designer and art director based in Amsterdam. She studied at Junior Academy for Art Direction in Netherlands.
Her incredible work is a Platinum Winner at A’Design Award & Competition in 2015.
Why do you prefer test tubes to create your mini world?
Rosa de Jong: I like how the glass puts the mini world on sort of a display. It frames the world, making it more a piece of art. I prefer tubes instead of a bell jar (not sure if this is the correct word, in dutch it would be ‘stolp’) because I think it creates an elegant design because of the long shape.
How long does it take for you to finish one miniature world?
Rosa de Jong: It depends on how fast my imagination is flowing. Some take me only a day, others will take way longer (the internet translated this as if I make them all in one day). Some of them are so obvious, they almost create themselves, others need more brainstorming.
Do you have a typical working process? What would it be?
Rosa de Jong: I start by cutting a cardboard circle that’s the size of the tube. If I start building on that I know for sure I won’t make anything that’s too big to fit in the tube. Sometimes I start of with a tree I made, and I see from there what else fits with the tree into the tube. Sometimes I start with a building. I always wait with glueing everything together to make the process not too complicated. From the point where you fit everything together you have to be more careful not to break anything, so you will need more patience (and it can no longer stand on the table while working on it…).
Rosa de Jong: Be better. I hope my brain keeps feeding me new ideas. I don’t think I have any specific goals but as (almost) every artist I do like recognition and being able to inspire. And another artist dream; a really big wonderful studio!
Rosa de Jong: For this project specifically, my inspiration came from some realizations I had about what I like to see in art myself. After the idea was born inspiration came from looking around, as well in the city as in nature. Nature makes the best designs.
Rosa de Jong: I’ve been practicing my calligraphy skills in the past view weeks, because I thought it would be a nice skill for my commercial work. I got to use it for a client already so it sure turned out useful. Not sure if I think this is really an artistic experimentation. I’ve been working on a bigger miniature with a big stone as a mountain (but I miss my tubes already).
Where can we find more of your work, and do you sell them?
Rosa de Jong: I’ve been designing a webshop, that’s being build as we speak. I hope to open this real soon. At micro-matter.com you can submit your email if you would like an update once the webshop is online. And to see more of my work I have loads of links: