Eye on Masterpiece

After Renoir, 2006

Based on A Girl With a Watering Can, (1876) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Image Installation View: “After Renoir,” 2006, by Devorah Sperber

The creative process remains fascinating to me–regardless of whether it is a revolutionary vision, applying conventional methods in a distinctly fresh application, or seeing a masterpiece through a new lens. A truly creative process requires a bold artist.

Devorah Sperber’s installations honor master artists and familiar works, but through a scientific lens.

Image  Detail View: “After Renoir,” 2006, by Devorah Sperber, 5,024 spools of thread, stainless steel ball chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic viewing sphere, metal stand (104″-122″ h x 100” w x 72″- 84” d)

When I first viewed this artist’s installations, subtle familiarity was hidden in spools of thread hanging from stainless steel ball chains.  In front of the exhibit stood a viewing sphere. When peering through the lens, the pixels composed of spools of thread transform into an upright masterpiece.


 After The Mona Lisa 4, 2006, by Devorah Sperber, 875 spools of thread, stainless steel ball chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic viewing sphere, metal stand, 41”H x 31”W (thread only), variable height up to 133” (with ball chain and hanging apparatus).

I am interested in the link between art, science, and technology, how the eyes and brain prioritize, and reality as a subjective experience vs. an absolute truth. As a visual artist, I cannot think of a topic more stimulating and yet so basic, than the act of seeing–how the human brain makes sense of the visual world.

After van Eyck, 2006

Based on Man in a Red Turban, (1443) by Jan van Eyck
National Gallery of Art, London

Image Studio View: “After van Eyck,” 2006, by Devorah Sperber, 5,024 spools of thread, stainless steel ball chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic viewing sphere, metal stand (104″-122″ h x 100” w x 60” d)

Image photograph via devorahsperber

To learn more about this artist and her work, visit:  http://www.devorahsperber.com/


Carousel of Memory

Image Moon in Water, photograph via glassartists

I have been a fan of glass artists ever since I first saw glass blowing at a state fair.  The process fascinated me as fire and molten sand met the artist to create something truly beautiful.

Pioneering Shanghi artist, Lu Chi, creates stunning contemporary glass works using a lost wax glass process and other familiar methods.

Image Tunnel of Time and Space #2, photograph via littleton gallery

For the most part, I work with kiln-formed glass, creating sculpture by the processes of casting, fusing and slumping.  Sometimes, my pieces are combined with glassblowing and lampworking techniques.  With all my experience, I still try to keep it fresh by ‘playing’ with the glass, my curiosity as a means to get to my curiosity as a means to get to an unpredictable end.

Image Tango in Paris, photograph via v&a

In 2003, I discovered a new method for forming glass that I call ‘multi-layered kiln forming’, which I have not seen employed anywhere else.  It brings a new sculptural process to my work.  In traditional slumping, you can only get a single layer at one time, which is determined by the mold beneath it; as a result of this, controlled curves cannot be made. 

Image Carousel of Memory, photograph via littletongallery

The ‘multi-layered kiln forming’ makes more complex shapes possible.  When several glass layers are slumped simultaneously, using stable and movable stands, complex controlled return curves can be created.  Therefore slumping can be used to make not only simple vessel forms, but also complex multi-layered sculpture.

Image Water Fairy, photograph via glassartists

In summarizing my work, I would say that I am moving between ground and sky, past and present, imagination and reality. 

Image Emergence, photograph via glassartists

My work, much like my diary, concentrates on individual perceptions, memories, wishes and dreams.  

I am drawn like a moth to a flame with my glass art, and I cannot resist its mesmerizing attraction… My work keeps me curious and filled with vitality, always waiting to see what’s around that next corner, essentially the life of an artist.

Image  Fire Bird Stave, photograph via glassartists

To learn more about this inspiring artist, visit:  http://www.luchiglass.com/sculpture.html

Image Lu Chi, photograph via shanghai-today

Reimagined Pages

As a child, I loved pop-up books and those with photographs of installations which illustrated the story. Today, I am still fascinated by three-dimensional paper artists. One such artist is Su Blackwell who works and resides in West London. Su creates theatrical dioramas in a wooden box that visually capture moments from well-known books.

ImageThe Princess and the Pea, photograph by Johanna Parkin

Her three-dimensional sculptures are born from the pages of old books.

ImageThe Little Prince

I always read the book first, at least once or twice, and then I begin to create the work, cutting out, adding details. The detail is what brings it all together, the magic element.

ImageLittle Red Riding Hood [detail]

For the cut-out illustrations, I tend to lean towards young-girl characters, placing them in haunting, fragile settings, expressing the vulnerability of childhood, while also conveying a sense of childhood anxiety and wonder. There is a quiet melancholy in the work, depicted in the material used, and choice of subtle colour.

ImageHazel Tree [detail]

ImageThe Raven, photograph by Jaron James

Imagephotograph via Telegraph

For more information on this artist, visit:


It’s A-L-I-V-E!!!

This week, there is a pumpkin carving contest at work.  For inspiration, I naturally think of Ray Villafane’s genius.


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villafane-Goofy Zombie

photograph via fadedandblurred


photograph via roughwaterjohn

Are you inspired yet?

Here is a simple tutorial by the master pumpkin carver himself:


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Once a teacher, always a teacher…

To learn more about Ray Villafane, visit:



photograph via ibtimes.co.in

Unwritten Poetry

Some images stir poetry within the heart and imagination.  I am happy to share these poetic images as my “treat” during this month that celebrates the theatre of fantasy.  Enjoy!

Happy Halloween!

TheBriarRose_KirstyMitchell The Briar Rose, Kirsty Mitchell

Paolo_Roversi_01  Paolo Roversi via 2HD Unleashed

Luis-BeltranLuis Beltran via weandthecolor

Alexander McQueen via tumblr AlexanderMcQueen_vialavandula_tumblr

Anka Zhuravleva Zhuravleva via pinterest

The Huntress, Tasha M Palmer via pinterest thehuntress_tashampalmer

Katerina Plotnikova Plotnikova via pinterest

Natalie Aveenko via behance.vo natalieavseenko_phototeamdotpro@behancedotnet

JoyceTenneson_1 Joyce Tenneson

 Trini Schultz via xaxor trini61_xaxor

Take A Walk In Art

Have you ever visited a place that takes your breath away, creates a sense of child-like wonder, and invites you to walk with art?


photograph via jerseybites

If not, visit Seward Johnson’s Grounds for Sculpture.

During a summer work opportunity in Princeton, I experienced this amazing sculpture garden in Hamilton, New Jersey for the first time.  It was truly magical to explore this setting where art and landscape combine to create a unique and accessible experience.

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Seward Johnson via two2dive


Gustave Caillebotte, A Paris Street, 1877

The artist and child within delighted to walk into living canvases of art.  I explored secret gardens, water installations, and sat in the gazebo as the sun set overlooking Seward Johnson’s sculpture inspired by Renoir’s Two Sisters (On the Terrace).

Groundsforsculpture_Two Sistersphotograph via toadhaven

Two Sisters-renoir

I find it so moving to watch people interact with these sculptures. That is one thing that these pieces do — they invite an intimacy with the paintings that the paintings themselves don’t allow simply due to the limitation of scale, depth and access.” —Seward Johnson

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Edouard-Manet-Paintings-Argenteuil-1874Edouard Manet’s Argenteuil, 1874

 J Seward Johnson’s homage to other artists provided a pure aesthetic experience for me as every sense was engaged by walking into the picture frame.  Immersing something familiar in a living natural installation was truly memorable and one of my favorite art experiences.


Recently, I discovered another sculpture garden created by South American Artist, Bruno Torfs.  I have yet to visit his sculpture garden in the small Victorian village of Marysville (about 95 kilometres from Melbourne, Australia), but I look forward to one day walking down these paths.

Bruno Torfs' GardenDrawing on his culture and experiences, Bruno created his own enchanted garden.

bruno_torfs_1photographs via brunosart

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Take a walk in Bruno Torf’s fantastical world:

Bruno Torfs_5This garden was tragically damaged due to bushfires in 2009.  Fortunately, the artist and his family were spared.

Bruno said:

The bushfires deeply touched us all in many ways. It allowed me to see that people had a heart for each other, that when things really got dark, the best in us comes out. We have lost a lot, but life also provides us opportunities to gain a new vision, lots of new friends and a blank canvas to play. In the meantime, nature is already regenerating itself. The green is slowly returning and the rivers are flowing, finding new ways.

Take a walk in art today… or better yet, create your own work.