Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mia Pearlman - cloudscapes

Can't you just imagine the above imaginary weather system as a real natural phenomena? This site-specific, cut paper installation is by artist Mia Pearlman, who fills spaces with these sculptural, three-dimensional works.

Her installations remind me of the way storms look as they roll in, frozen perfectly in one moment. As she explains about their creation:
My process is very intuitive, based on spontaneous decisions in the moment. I begin by making loose line drawings in India ink on large rolls of paper. Then I cut out selected areas between the lines to make a new drawing in positive and negative space on the reverse. 30-80 of these cut paper pieces form the final installation, which I create on site by trial and error, a 2-3 day dance with chance and control. Existing only for the length of an exhibition, this weightless world totters on the brink of being and not being, continually in flux. It is my mediation on creation, destruction, and the transient nature of reality.
See more of Mia's work on her website, including videos, as well as a photo essay, about her process. 

(Via Sycamore Street Press)

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