Reckles's exploration of his own Jewish heritage led him to build one of the miniatures. "Jews' House" depicts a real-life encounter Reckles and his family had with a Polish man inhabiting a house where Jews had buried their valuables before Nazis imprisoned them. Other pieces, though less personal, are no less striking. "Crystal Night," contained within a pocket watch, depicts the infamous Kristallnacht -- the night of broken glass directly preceding the Holocaust.
His models may be timeless, but his message is urgent. Says Reckles: "Since so few people are [making miniatures], I wanted to address the Holocaust in my work before the medium and memories begin to fade completely."
July 13-Sept. 17