Designer insights with Mia Pearlman

Mia Pearlman is a respected artist, working from her eponymous brand, in Brooklyn, New York. Mia Pearlman has exhibited internationally in prestigious galleries, including the Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Manchester Art Gallery (UK). Her work has been featured in The New York Times and New York Magazine. Mia also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University in 1996. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Mia Pearlman.

Designer Insights - Mia Pearlman

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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?

My work is influenced by natural forms like weather, geology, water and plants, as well as the Italian Baroque and Japanese Rinpa painting. I am definitely a maximalist.

2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?

All of my installations are site specific, so my first step is to visit the site to understand the space, how it flows, and how I can transform it.

3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?

David McFadden, the recently retired Chief Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design in NY, is more passionately driven to discover interesting artists and designers and present what they do to the world than anyone I’ve ever met. It was a pleasure working with him on the exhibition “Slash: Paper Under the Knife” in 2009.

4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?

I am a huge fan of google image search.  I spend countless hours looking at images online, and this never fails to help me distill and deepen new ideas. It’s an intuitive process of discovery.

5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?

I think all artists have a deeply rebellious spirit that prevents us from giving up. I’m lucky that I also have a very supportive family and grew up in NY where art is everywhere. Careers go up and down, it’s what you do in the studio that matters.