After publishing this blog featuring installation artist Mia Pearlman, my wonderful boyfriend got me one of her limited edition Voluta pieces for Christmas 2009. The postal service promptly "misplaced" it claiming that the package had been delivered but someone must have stolen it from our doorstep. Unlikely story! I had to file an insurance claim, which came through months later, and thanks to Mia's kindness, a new Voluta was sent AND received. After gleefully opening it, assembling the piece unfortunately fell to the wayside in the midst of Matt and I moving into the new place. I fell behind on a lot during those months, especially art, mostly because this apartment has been the biggest art project of my life (a nice way of saying fixer-upper?). To make a long story short(ish), I finally put together my Voluta, which now adorns our front window!

In the early morning, it catches light so exquisitely! The Voluta was a perfect finishing touch for our dining/living room. Special thanks to Anna for documenting! Get your laser-cut Voluta and find out more about the much-adored Mia Pearlman here.

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.


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?


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


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.


All photos via miapearlman.com.