Liz Sonntag aka Tinky

“I do love a dirty alleyway. There’s something about them.” Liz Sonntag, aka Tinky, has found unique alternatives to install her sculpture. Melbourne installation street artist Tinky works with miniature figurines and models on a tiny scale, making use of gritty street landscapes, where laneway drains morph into desert-scapes for a caravan of miniature camels; or a missing brick in a wall becomes home to an intimate scene of a miniature couple gardening. Tinky often uses discarded or oversized objects within her miniature dioramas, so that each scene has a comedic undertone, exaggerates a message, or emphasises playful folly. Miniature construction workers might gather to fix a broken egg shell, or emergency workers may tend to the victim of a giant cigarette butt. 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, her miniature scenes are transferable to any space, including on or in vintage objects such as small tins, wooden vessels, a bird cage, yo-yo, or shoe-shine brush.

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