Stateside artist Mia Pearlman makes weather out of paper via her large-scale, cut-out sculpture drawings that fill rooms, explode from walls and swirl mid-air.
"I make site-specific cut paper installations, ephemeral drawings in both two and three dimensions that blur the line between actual, illusionistic and imagined space." she says of her work.
"Extremely sculptural and often glowing with natural or artificial light, these imaginary weather systems appear frozen in an ambiguous moment, bursting through or hovering within a room.
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."
If you're liking her work as much as we are, then you might also be interested to find out that Pearlman has also created a limited edition of self assembly sculptures called 'Voluta' (see the last image in the gallery) which you can purchase directly from her website.
Voluta was created in conjunction with the exhibition 'Slash: Paper Under the Knife' which is on until April the 4th at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, curated by David Revere McFadden.
For the exhibition, Pearlman has created a new cut paper installation on the 5th floor called 'Inrush' that utilises the natural light entering through the window cut on the west side of the building to blur distinctions between interior and exterior space.