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DIGEST is a collaboration by sculptor Mia Pearlman, jazz pianist and composer Albert Marquès, and Keith LaMa, a writer, poet, and activist who has spent almost 30 years in solitary confinement on death row in Ohio for a crime he did not commit.
SUMA is collaborative project by American sculptor Mia Pearlman and her husband, Catalan jazz pianist Albert Marquès. SUMA, or “sum” in English, means both the aggregate of two or more quantities, and the substantive meaning of a matter.

WEFT, a collaboration by Mia Pearlman (sculpture) and Albert Marques (music)



For this exhibition, Pearlman designed a custom wallpaper to line the front window of the Children's Museum of the Arts in New York based on the forms in her installations. On top of this backdrop is a new cut paper installation evoking a deluge or downpour.

The title of this new work is ERUCTO, from the Latin verb “eructus,” which means to belch up or issue forth violently. It is inspired by the pent up torrent of dark forces in American culture being released in the current political moment.

TUMULT was commissioned by Holly Hunt for their NY store in celebration of their acquisition of Vladamir Kagan Furniture.

Installed in the large glass window cases of Foley Gallery on New York's Lower East Side, COEVA is made of two facing site specific installations that sweep viewers off the street and into the gallery.

Review in The New Yorker: "The best pieces, notably Mia Pearlman’s crashing waves of cut and painted paper in the windows, dig into the connection between creation and destruction."


Select Cuts and Alterations
November 19, 2014 - January11, 2015
Reception: Weds, November 19, 6 - 8pm
Foley Gallery
59 Orchard Street, New York, NY
For more info: Foley Gallery


ONE is composed of two installations that face each other in the Renwick Gallery's Palm Court, both in opposition and interdependent of the other. Caught between these forces, viewers can only see one installation at a time, thus connecting them, and therefore making the work whole, in their minds.


Curated by Nicholas R. Bell
July 20, 2012 February 3, 2013

Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
1661 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20006
For more info: Renwick

HAVOC was created in the middle of an ice storm in Pembroke, North Carolina. Using the drawing side of the cut paper pieces, its title reflects the weather outside, the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and many others, and the chaos of our current political and environmental moment.


January 8 - February 14, 2011
Curated by Carla Rokes

The A.D. Gallery
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372
For more info: A.D. Gallery

PENUMBRA seemingly emerges through the wall of Plaatsmaken, and eddies around the gallery space. Reflecting the dim light of the Northern European skies, it cuts through the cloudcover to reveal the occasional beam of light.



October 29 - December 15, 2010

Emmastraat 73
6828 HD Arnhem
For more info: Plaatsmaken

INRUSH utilizes the natural light entering through the window cut on the west side of the building to blur distinctions between interior and exterior space.

See how INRUSH was created

Curated by David McFadden
October 7, 2009 - April 4, 2010

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
For more info: MAD

Artist Talk: Saturday, October 17th, 2pm

SUBITO landed in Caren Golden's booth at the Pulse Art Fair, only to blow away four days later.

Caren Golden Fine Art

Booth A-13
330 West Street @ West Houston
New York, NY 10014
For more info: Pulse / Caren Golden Fine Art

Chosen as a Pulse 2010 Work on Paper Highlight!


Mia Pearlman: MAELSTROM
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL
July 23 - September 29, 2009

My solo show at the MMFA contained MAELSTROM, several Breath Paintings and a new site specific cut paper installation entitled TURBULENCE.


VOLUTA is a limited edition laser cut sculpture made of translucent high impact polystyrene. Fun and easy to construct, it offers art lovers of all ages the opportunity to create and own a complex, luminous “paper” sculpture. In minutes you can transform a two dimensional piece of paper into a swirling three dimensional vortex.

VOLUTA is meant to hang in a window or near a light source, but can also sit on a pedestal or horizontal surface. Several feet of monofilament is included for hanging. Each VOLUTA is invidually signed and numbered by the artist. Enjoy!

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PAPERSTORMS is a site-specific installation at two stores, Septieme Etage and Au Dela du Septieme Etage in Geneva.

INFLUX draws people into Roebling Hall from the street, transforming the gallery into a swirling wind tunnel.

Curated by Rita de Alencar Pinto
September 4 - October 4, 2008

Roebling Hall
606 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
For more info: Roebling Hall
Press Release

UPDRAFT is a site specific installation in three parts: in the "glow room" windows on the front of the building (at left), on the vestibule glass walls, and in the North gallery.

July 10 - August 15, 2008

Opening: Thursday, July 10th, 6-8pm
Mixed Greens Gallery
531 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
For more info: Mixed Greens
Press release

Read the review in New York Art Beat
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GYRE, 2008
7' H x 11' W x 13' D
Paper, India ink, tacks, paper clips
Islip Art Museum, Long Island, NY

GYRE appears to emerge from the ceiling of the Carriage House at the Islip Art Museum, coiling out of itself. From every angle, the unseen is unpredictable: what's on the other side is not what one expects.

June 7 - July 27, 2008
Closing reception: Sunday, July 27th 1-4pm
Islip Art Museum
50 Irish Lane
East Islip, New York 11730-2098
For more info: Islip Art Museum

Read the article in the Islip Bulletin


EYE, 2008
10' H x 10'4" W
Paper, India ink, tacks, paper clips
Centre for Recent Drawing, London

EYE is a cloud vortex swirling around the sky itself. Seemingly suspended between the visible world inside the gallery and an invisible world beyond the physical space, it appears to exist in a dimension that transcends interior and exterior.

April 9 - May 2, 2008
Centre for Recent Drawing
2-4 Highbury Station Road
London N1 1SB
For more info: C4RD
Press release

Read the review in Interface

12' Dia x 11' H
Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

MAELSTROM is a giant multilevel mobile, 12 feet in diameter and 11 feet high, with 6 independently rotating (360°) layers of cut paper. An upside-down whirlpool, it echoes both the East River currents and the cloud formations visible through the windows.

MAELSTROM utilizes the actual internal weather system of Smack Mellon to generate its movement, air currents produced by the rotation of four ceiling fans and hot air blown by the heating system.

On a deeper level, this work evokes the inevitable reminder of the nearby skyline: 9/11. Unknown forces, much bigger than us, beyond our control.

SITE 92 >> Phase II
January 12 - February 24th, 2008

Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street @ Washington
Dumbo, Brooklyn
For more info: Smack Mellon

ARTFORUM Critic's Pick
Watch a video about Site 92

EDDY, 2008
11' x 12.5' x 14'
Sears Peyton Gallery, NY

EDDY is a conceptual drawing on many levels: in the initial stage the shapes are drawn in India ink. Then I cut out selected areas to create a new drawing, made of positive and negative space, on the reverse. Once they are pinned into a sculptural form, these forms create a drawing in space. And finally, their shadows produce a wholly new drawing on and around the three dimensional drawing.


Curated by Christine Zehner

January 10th - February 11th, 2008
Sears-Peyton Gallery
For more info: Sears-Peyton Gallery

NIGH, 2007
12' H x 10' W x 9' D

Curated by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

November 16, 2007 January 6, 2008
Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts
For more info: BCA

Read the review in the Boston Globe
Read the review in the Boston Phoenix

Watch a video interview about NIGH

52" W x 84" H x 54" D

WHORL, 2007
112" W x 84" H x 47" D