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Machina, no. 29, September 2008

Pearlman works in a specific way. She begins by drawing lines on a gigantic role of paper, from which she cuts out selected segments. She continually controls the outcome of the cutting, which is suspended in the final istallation. Mia Pearlman describes it as the "creation of positive and negative space," visible in these multi-dimensional drawings. The cut-out as an artistic technique is currently reemerging. It often appears in international exhibitions as a fashionable artistic style. Originally, the technique was utilized by Henri Matisse, who for health reasons had to cease using paints and easels and began making paper collages and cut-outs.

Caption p. 74: "Eye" - Paper cloud. This piece was shown this year in London at the Centre for Recent Drawing.

Made of Paper: Thunder and Tornadoes

Mia Pearlman's installations are shocking in their size and craftsmanship. The American artist creates vast sculptures made of cut paper. The creation of these installations is truly a time-consuming process. She describes her work as a meditation on the fragility and strength of nature.

Caption p. 75: "Gyre" - Falling Space. Islip Art Museum, New York, 2008

Since then, artists and critics have been aware of cut paper installations. Today, this type of work is experiencing a Renaissance. Pearlman perfectly explores the genre. Her works are surprising in their subtle construction and violent narration. The arrested motion in the pieces invokes wonder, and is unusually photogenic, a vital attribute for work with a life span of two to three weeks. To deal with the strength of nature as a subject is both a heroic and an ironic accomplishment. It's worth remembering that the biggest number of tornadoes occur in the United States every year. Those statistics don't include Pearlman's non-violent thunder.

Caption p. 76: "Tornado." The Condensation Funnel is the visible part of the tornado, characteristically cone-shaped, 2007.

Caption p. 77: "Eddy" Installation in New York City at Sears-Peyton Gallery in the recognized exhibition "I Wonder If you Know What it Means"