As a prop builder, illustrator, and painter in Los Angeles, Jedediah Corwin Voltz always seems to find himself surrounded by plants and half-finished sculptures.
LA-based artist Jedediah Corwyn Voltz constructs miniature treehouses wrapped around common houseplants or bonsai trees in his new sculptural series titled Somewhere Small. Voltz relies on over a decade of commercial prop making for film and other projects to craft each structure from scratch using small bits of wood, silk fabric, miniature artworks, and semi-precious stones that are hidden throughout. To date he’s produced some 25 little habitats that resemble everything from tiny watchtowers in secluded forests, to large bustling windmills or water wheels.
These creations are part of Voltz’s series Somewhere Small, which you can view at Virgil Normal in Los Angeles.
The miniature structures complement the plants they inhabit, growing with and around them. Populating these fictional worlds is handmade pottery, silk rugs, furniture, sculptures, paintings, and various other accessories that occupy the house. Most of the plants are filled with semi-precious stones like tigers eye, labradorite, quartz, amethyst, and apatite, all in their raw forms. ‘This is my way of bringing my love of geology into my work just a little bit,’ the artist says.