Mia Pearlman Art Installation at Maxstudio Westbourne Grove

10/16/2012 9:27:00 AM


Mia Pearlman Art Installation at Maxstudio Westbourne Grove

Last December at Art Miami Basel Mia Pearlman was the talk of the town. Young, hot and cool makes you a hot shot and cool cat on that scene. A New Yorker, Pearlman is all of these things. But she’s also the woman of the moment when it comes to paper. Lots of paper. She is an artist who uses paper to make pieces of living, breathing art that deals with the natural world and uncertainty. She’s currently got exhibitions of her work being held in Spain and Rome, as well as a giant cut paper installation on view at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. And as if that wasn’t enough she’s working on a huge, permanent indoor-outdoor site specific installation for Liberty Mutual’s new headquarters in Boston (which will be made of stainless steel and aluminum) as well as a another steel project for the NYC subway and a cut paper sculpture in a show in Manchester, England. “To me the most interesting thing that’s happening in art is the use of the internet,” explains Mia from the Leon Max store on Westbourne Grove, London where she has been putting the finishing touches to her latest commission, “artists from all over the world have access to each other’s work and to resources, images, information, collectors, fans and ideas in a way that was never before possible.” She is mad about other sculptors  (for example, Richard Serra, Judy Pfaff and Louise Bourgeois) and loved seeing the Tony Craggs installed near the V&A in London. “But I am just as influenced by nature, imagination, and travel,” she explains, “My recent work has been deeply influenced by the Italian Baroque, as a result of the time I’ve spent in Rome, and by Japanese screen painting of the Rinpa school.” She also loves fashion. “Artists and fashion people are interested in many of the same things but express it differently: color, form, texture, personal expression, timeliness, innovation,” she says. For Mia after a day at the artistic grind stone she morphs into silk dresses. “I like Sexy, beautiful,” she says, “in colder months I tend toward skinny denim or velvet jeans with a dramatic, sculptural top.” Trend-wise she is very influenced by the 1930’s, and watches movies from the period for fashion inspiration. “I also collect art deco furniture,” she adds, all about the aesthetics of the 20’s and 30’s. “My style is glamorous, grown up and heavy on jewel tones and geometric prints. I love draping, asymmetry and interesting yet figure-flattering cuts. I’m a stickler for perfect fit and impeccable construction,” she says. And her buy of the season? “A pair of red suede shoes to wear with my new black wool Leon Max cape, of course.”

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

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