Raw Inspiration and Absolute Awe

Mia Pearlman is a Brooklyn-based Jill of all (artsy) trades. She graduated from Cornell University with a BFA in painting, has been involved with several prestigious artist residency programs, is skilled in web design, and over the past few years has been making a splash in the ever-evolving and captivating world of installation and mixed media artforms with her paper and graphite creations. Using natural disasters and weather patterns as a source of inspiration, Mia has had a torrent of both group and solo shows across the map.

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I remember the exact feeling that came over me as my eyes caught a glimpse of her work for the first time (here): a perfect combination of raw inspiration and absolute awe. How could someone dream up such beautiful, complex, fragile creations — not to mention maintain a presumably painstakingly precise hand to actually create and install such elaborate masterpieces?

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Mia's most recent project, Voluta, involves laser cut sculptures in spectacular do-it-yourself fashion, made of luminous high-impact polystyrene.

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In correlation with an upcoming exhibition called Slash: Paper Under the Knife at the Museum of Arts & Design in NY (Oct. 13, 2009-April 14, 2010), you can purchase your very own limited-edition Voluta in the Museum gift shop throughout the show's stay, or pre-order one here.

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All photos via miapearlman.com.