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March 9, 2013

Cape Ann artist's showcases 'Lilliputians'

Cape Ann photo artist shows 9-year work

Cape Ann photographer Judy Robinson-Cox transforms ordinary objects into extraordinary images, using everything from raw vegetables that become scenes from the great outdoors to pieces of sushi that become a haven for beach-goers, using the tiniest of figures.

Her art even transforms an onion slice into a skating rink. And she has spent nearly a decade working on her Lilliputian Landscape series, which features miniature figures performing myriad daily tasks of the human race as well as recreation and her subjects touching upon nearly every segment of society.

The diminutive Robinson-Cox received her most recent recognition when she was selected to be the March Artist of the Month at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport. The public is invited to a free reception at the Firehouse today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

”The show is a culmination of nine years of the Lilliputian Landscape series -- the photographs that combine humor and a sense of the absurd of everyday life and make people notice things around them close-up. You don’t need a degree in art to enjoy these images,” said the award-winning photographer.

The backgrounds of her photographs are diverse, from cabbage leaves to flowers to a pile of coins, all which become the setting for other fantasy images. In her world, even butternut squash can become a construction site.

The Lilliputian Landscapes are photographs of temporary tabletop dioramas that she creates with common objects found around her house.

”By placing tiny plastic figures in the setting, the scene is transformed into a larger reality -- cauliflower becomes a snow covered hill, a peony becomes a dance floor. The images invite the viewer to question what is real or imagined and to closely observe the beauty of larger-than-life natural and man-made objects,” she said. Each photo is created entirely in front of the camera without digital manipulation.

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