Matthew Albanese creates dazzling worlds with a remarkable level of realism. From lighting storms to scenic ocean views, he fabricates small-scale models using everyday items such as cotton balls, salt, cooked sugar, tin foil and feathers. And with meticulous attention to detail, he is able to create mind twisting landscapes. His work looks impossibly real no matter how you look at it. You won’t believe your eyes – even after the reveal.
Albanese’s incredible work is put together in Strange Worlds, a beautifully designed book that brings together all of his work including an exclusive piece made especially for the publication as well as behind-the-scenes images of the miniature worlds. It can be purchased here.
Box Of Lightning
How to Breathe Underwater
Diorama made out of walnuts, poured and cast candle wax, wire, glitter, peanut shells, flock, plaster, wire, dyed starfish, compressed moss, jellybeans(anemones), sponges, wax coated seashells, toothpaste, clay, figs, feathers, Q-tips, nonpareils.
Surface of the water was created using vinyl shower curtain, plexiglass and clear epoxy. The reflected sunlight effect was created using a video projector through fake fog.
A New Life #1
A New Life #2
Diorama made using painted parchment paper, thread, hand dyed ostrich feathers, carved chocolate, wire, raffia, masking tape, coffee, synthetic potting moss and cotton.
Diorama made from wood, moss, yellow glitter, clear garbage bags, cooked sugar, scotch-brite pot scrubbers, bottle brushes, clipping from a bush in bloom (white flowers) clear thread, sand, tile grout (coloring), wire, paper and alternating yellow, red and orange party bulbs.
Diorama made from cotton, salt, cooked sugar, tin foil, feathers & canvas.
Beam of colored light against a black curtain to achieve the edge effect.