Sculptures by Beverly Mayeri

Beverly Mayeri is a studio artist living in the Bay Area with over 30 years experience as an established ceramic sculptor. She earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in sculpture at San Francisco State University.  Her sculptures often “bridge the psychological, the political and the sensuous within one hybrid form.”

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Force of Nature: Mother Nature Furiously Spins the Earth

Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn sculpted his project Force of Nature I and II, after being a witness to the devastating destruction of hurricanes in Thailand and in the Southern United States. Constructed from bronze, stainless steel and aluminum, the work reflects nature’s perceived powerful energy, which is unpredictable, beautiful, yet dangerous. By omitting Mother Nature’s face, Quinn reminds us that there is no sense of security or protection from the Earth itself. We are not in control, sudden destruction awaits at any time. 


Young-Deok Seo’s Inventive Bike Chain Sculptures

South Korean artist Young-Deok Seo uses bicycle chain links to create beautifully evocative sculptures of human forms and faces. “I believe my work is an expression of the restless lives of people living in the times of high-technology civilization”  via

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For her entry into the biannual Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark, Swedish artist Susanna Hesselberg installed this ominous library that plumments into the ground like a mining shaft. While visually arresting, the piece has a somewhat somber intention. Titled “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down,” the artwork makes reference to lyrics from Laurie Anderson’s song World Without End. The piece joins an additional 55 sculptures on display right now at the 2015 Sculpture by the Sea through July 5, 2015. (via Hyperallergic)


Japanese Artist Carves Stunning Skull Sculptures and Miniature Jewelry From Pearls

Tokyo-based artist and jeweler Shinji Nakaba creates unconventional and beautiful “wearable sculptures” from pearls by creating anatomical figures, flowers and skulls. His most sough after work include the pearl skulls, which are usually attached to rings, necklaces and brooches. 

Nakaba’s designs have transformed the perception of traditional pearl jewelry, which is often associated with a high brow glamour into a quirky, macabre and contemporary icon.

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Realistic Sugar Sculptures by Joseph Marr

Joseph Marr born 1979 is an Australian artist of English/Maori heritage who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He is known for his anatomically perfect sugar constructions of the human body that explore issues of desire and mortality.

Working with sugar is wonderful and difficult. Its so colourful and textural, having similarities to paint. But then there is the temperature which is firstly dangerous but also it drops so quickly which influences the viscosity, so I find myself having to work really quickly to get what I need. Its a sensory overload, the smell, the colour, the heat and the honey like movement… its sharp like glass and smooth like Marble and at the same time rough like concrete… unpredictable.

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Salavat Fidai Carves Miniature Artworks Onto the Tips of Pencils

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With a steady hand and eye for detail, artist Salavat Fidai carves miniature artworks onto the tips of lead pencils. Fidai, who hails from Ufa, Russia is also a painter and illustrator and works not only in miniature but larger scale paintings as well.


Mirrored Ziggurat by Shirin Abedinirad 

Iranian visual artist Shirin Abedinirad (previously featured here) has installed her latest piece titled, Mirrored Ziggurat near a body of water in Sydney, Australia. As part of Underbelly Arts Festival, the pyramid is composed of mirrors, which reflect the fascination between time, space, while exploring the means and function of optical illusions. Every angle is reflected, which creates an alternate dimension on a small space, which seems to disappear and reappear continually. 


Monumental Installations by John Grade

John Grades is an American artist sculptor, born 1970 in Minneapolis, MN who lives and works in Seattle, WA. Grade creates large-scale sculptures that are exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and outdoors in urban spaces and nature. His projects are designed to change over time and often involve collaboration with large groups of people to build and install.

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 Ghostly Veiled Souls Carved Out of Solid Marble of  Livio Scarpella

The work of Italian contemporary artist Livio Scarpella turns good and evil into delicacy.  This group of sculptures, named “Ghosts Underground”, depicts lost souls anguishing beneath the effect of a thin veil.  Scarpella’s interest in this subject was inspired by a trip to the Sansevero Chapel in Naples, home to Antonio Corradini’s “Veiled Christ”.  Before that time, he mostly exhibited paintings for a decade. By mixing influences of Rococo sculptors like Corradini with modern iconography, Scarpella explores a struggle with religious faith. He couples his “blessed” and “damned” figures with light and dark colored mineral rocks, like amethyst and quartz, inside the chest.  They are hardened hearts that embody the ghost hidden within. Reminiscent of Michelangelo’s The Prisoners, these gentle busts unveil the ghost within. Scarpella takes this idea to a new level in his recent work. His exhibit “Fuori dal Tempo” (“Out of Time”) now showing at Gallery Gomiero in Italy, looks at the theme of sin without repentance.   Undeniably, Scarpella pursues a morbid imagination dominated by smug virtue and natural beauty.

“Fuori dal Tempo” by Livio Scarpella is on view at “Galleria Gomiero” in Milan, Italy


Pearl Ships Sculptures by Ann Carrington

Entitled  “Galleons and Feathers,” Ann Carrington‘s passion for collecting vintage knick knacks and old pearl necklaces from junk shops aided her creation of her majestic galleons. After watching a documentary about a Chinese pearl jewelry, Carrington decided to construct her project in the Spring of 2014, once she acquired enough pearls. 

To begin the sculpture, she weaved bracelets, bangles brooches, tiaras, and other ornate jewelry pieces on a metal structure to accentuate the shape of the ships, which sit on an opulent and glamorous sea of pearls. Called White Cloud City and Wing Wo Wave, the ships are named after two pearl factories in China.