Mia Pearlman

Mia Pearlman is an American contemporary artist, who is know for making paper Installations.

She has recently undertaken projects using aluminium. although she still retains the beauty of swirls bends and twists of her paper work. However she does not give it a definitive theme or influence. She allows the visitor to interpret the sculpture how they like. They often compare it to the ocean or wind something ever-changing.


I discovered Mia pearlmans work in a book called installation art by Ginko Press. Where her work Gyre:

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and Inrush:

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beautiful cascaded down the page. This is the most fluid and beautiful sculpture i have ever seen. The complexity of each creates movement. Like a snapshot of something moving or living like a creature of the sea, or the ocean itself. Each installation is made up of many pieces and can be rearranged differently every time.It is a very diverse sculpture whos composition can fit any space.

Most of my experimentation has been free hand, unplanned and going with the flow of the metal or stitch. i wanted to try make shadow tests with more structure and complexity to them, so i made a mini paper version .


I love the detail of this paper cylinder its so precise yt busy with swirls holes and cuts. Its like the wings a butterfly or a very elegant patterned cocoon.IMG_0583

As i am starting to focus more on the shadows produced in my work,so this technique is perfect. I am able to create a very detailed pattern that makes complex shadows. Every inch on the space would be covered in swirling crisp lines and curves.IMG_0586

With this design i followed the same style of shapes but used dis-solvable fabric . Its not a sturdy as the card making the lies softer in some places blurry. I find shadows are more impressive when sharp and crisp.

Although the shadows are not as good as the card. In the light the stitching looks like a golden wed of criss-crossing stands. In the light you can see the different colour thread under the gold. I find this adds more to the piece because there’s more to look at and even trace with your finder.IMG_0588

I have re-visited the research and inspiration from Mia Pearlman as i plan to use the shadow designs in my Make your Mark project. The first paper design i feel will work very well has theres a similar ration of light and dark, with lines that are fairly larger. Wheres in the second design its is made up of many fine lines intertwining which will be harder for the pewter to travel through when on the ceramic vessel.




Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist. Producing land art influenced by the very earth it came from. He explores our connection with nature. He takes inspiration and yearns to learn about the processes that have made the natural item and how it potentially links to us.

For example the red rock is red due to the iron with in it, our blood is read also because of the iron content. Two very different things but connected by the red within us and the iron it contains.

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He makes the material work itself never altering the actual object whether it be a rock or leaf. Goldsworthy also joins and connect using natural material carrying on the organic theme. This is allows the work to break down naturally by the elements.



He very rarely works inside because to him ” any space is dead compared to outside” I admire the fact that he feels so strongly about using and interpreting nature that his life revolves around hi natural work the world he borrows it from. He has an intimate and physical involvement with nature that is hows in his work. He makes very organic and simple forms. I think this allows the material and setting to be the main focus really highlighting the natural beauty


He describes his work as not trying to change nature but understand it further.



Francesco Somaini

Francesco Somaini is an Italian sculptor, Is known for his innovative sculpture combining the organic forms with architectural and geometrical designs. I mainly used very heavy dense materials like bronze, lead and iron conglomerate.

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I really like Somain style because he has the basics of geometric shapes, but doesnt make them incredibly smoth and perfect, There are rough edges lines that arnt perfectly straight theres flow to his work. I think he has the perfect balance or organing and geometric.

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I also appreciate his use of material. I love big heavy sculpture that have a lot of body too them i feel like i can appreciate them a little bit more because of the time and effort that went into produce the material and the form that you see in the gallery. I also love the sturdiness and reliability of metal, bronze, lead.

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Bruce Munro

Bruce Munro is a British artists who is best know for large scale light based installations.

His most famous piece of work is called field of light. It was originally in place at the Eden project where a team of five assistants and himself worked over 3 days to install it on the grass roof of the visitors centre.

It is made up of 6,000 acrylic light stems which encase fibre optic cabling. Using 24,000 meters of fire optic each glass sphere on top its stems lights up the space like ghostly orbs.

This installation piece is enchanting, the changing colours add a gently change to the feel of the space. I find it enchanting and quite whimsical to walk through and ever-changing rainbow of glowing plants.

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This installation is called the brass monkeys, it is a prymid made up of spheres representing the brass triangles that supported cannon balls on ships. Each spheres has more spheres inside containing fibre optics that make the sculpture glow from within.

Bruce’s Munro’s use of fibre optics gives his work an urethral feel. The perfectly glow with out giving discomfort its gentle and incredibly beautiful.

Munro’s work inspired me to look at the aesthetic of the lighting and the effect it will have not focusing on the shadows frames and lights could make.

The composition of his work whether large scale installation or small garden sculpture is beautiful. He captures the fluidity and softness of the light in the composition and design of his work. Its not overly complex compared to work by Conrad Shawcross but hauntingly beautiful.

I personally prefer the cool toned lights, white, blue cool purple to the yellow and oranges. I think it plays on the enchanting side of it. But i am personally a fan of blue lighting. I want to experiment with different shades of lighting how certain shapes or shadows go better with an orange light or perhaps purple.








Cal Lane

Cal Lane is a Canadian artist who was originally trained as a welder. She uses a variety of industrial objects such as  oil drums, containers and dumpsters. She associates herself as the devils advocate using contradictions to represent balance, as well as a clash. Running themes of her work are:

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  • masculinity and femininity
  • Industrial and domestic life
  • Strong and delicate
  • Practical and frivolity
  • Ornate and function
  • lace from around the world used for celebrations
  • political issues

I feel i can relate to Cal lanes work mainly because of her choice of material, metal, more specifically steel. Metal is my favourite mate I also admire the balance  of her themes. She portrays the contrasting subjects in a subtle way avoiding visual displays that forcefully show their meanings.

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For example ” domesticated turf” as said in the video is all about contrasts, as you explore the piece further you discover the many contexts as you dig deeper into. from an amazing cut out container, to industrial vs domestic, to masculine and femininity.

Whilst challenging the views of metal being a man’s material and very industrial to the domestic home life of a woman with pretty patterns like lace.Her work also represents her struggles of being a tomboy in her childhood, and how it lead her to political and whimsical work she does today. Cal lane incorporates aspects reflecting the environment the piece is in. The ” domestic turf” was shown in Australia at the 18th Biennale of Sydney. To connect to this she used a local sand to re create a shadow of the pattern around the container. This also links to this history of the country taking inspiration from Aboriginals and their natural drawings.






Playing with shadows

Due to Conrad Shawcross and Cornelia Parker’s “Cold dark matter” i really want to take this concept of installation and shadows further.

I really likes how Shawcross’s work was kinetic, where it was altering and changing the shadows. I preferred it when the shadows were smaller and there were many more of them on every surface. This got me thinking about what would everyone else prefer.

I made a small sculpture out of cocktail sticks that when moved around in front of a bright light would change forms.


With the first person she was rotating the sculpture alot playing with stool it was sat on, even balancing it. She also experiment with the distance between the light and the sculpture. This was all on a small scale.

The second person didnt move the actually sculpture as much as the first maybe rotating a little. She did however look at it on a larger scale, a close few at a small section of the section but close up. She also made the shadow go on other surfaces not just the one wall.

The 3rd person rotating it very fast looking more ot the overal form of the shadow and the visual effect of it against the wall.

This little experiment showed me that everyone prefers different effects, and how sculptures like Mia Pearlman and Conrad Shawcross appeal to everyone. Due to their changeable nature they are open up to all interpretation that can be different depending on time or what the space requires. I would like to explore changeable or kinetic sculpture more.

Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker is a British artists who conveys strong and powerful messages through her work. She has been described as one of the most “inventive and quietly provocative artist of her generation”.

She was originally trained as a sculptor but uses a variety of mediums including

  • photography
  • performance
  • installation
  • sculpture  – to conevey her messages.

She is know to create probing questions of the nature of rules and the structures that governs us.

Her most influential piece to me is called “Cold dark matter” or the exploding shed. This was a collaboration with the police and military where they blew up a garden shed. It represent the violence that potentially happens with in domestic life. The shed was an ideal symbol for as its generally a universal baggage container.

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A shed holds all of the item and even memory’s that we forget about but dont want to get rid of, its part of peoples lives. Where the explosion is destruction violence that can corrupt a house hold. The sculpture captures a split second in time, where the end was unknown. Parker started the design process of the end piece as they were hanging completely working with what was left.

One of her running themes is using found objects. All of her work involves a story of some kind whether she is recovering a story from found objects or making new ones by colliding the items.

Cornelia Parker also explains things we dont understand with objects and things we know well. For example domestic violence with the cotencts of a shed.

Other themes are:

  • exploring both side of an object both shiny and tarnished.
  • mortality or the passing of time,
  • violence in a subtle way
  • something being easily read but posing a question.