spool art by devorah sperber
 
spool art by devorah sperber
dec 22, 2008

spool art by devorah sperber

‘after the last supper’, 2005 (20,736 spools)

devorah sperber is a new york city based artist who recreates famous works of art using spools of thread. sperber treats the spools like pixels, recreating the works of da vinci, rembrandt and van gogh in detail. however viewers will not see the work until the move up close because most of her work is created upside down. the reason why the spools hang from the wall backwards is so that when reflected in a mirror or metal sphere, they will appear in the correct size and proportion. the reflection also shrinks the images and blends the spools together to create a more accurate representation of the original works.

http://www.devorahsperber.com

spool art by devorah sperber ‘after the last supper’, 2005 (20,736 spools)

spool art by devorah sperber ‘after mona lisa 4’, 2006 (875 spools) &  ‘after van gogh, 2008 (408 spools)

spool art by devorah sperber ‘after rembrandt, 2006 (5,024 spools)

spool art by devorah sperber ‘after rembrandt, 2006 (5,024 spools)

spool art by devorah sperber ‘after vermeer, 2006 (5,024 spools)

spool art by devorah sperber ‘after vermeer, 2006 (5,024 spools)

spool art by devorah sperber ‘after van eyck’, 2006 (5,024 spools)

spool art by devorah sperber ‘after van eyck’, 2006 (5,024 spools)

  • I won’t criticize the commitment and inventiveness of these pieces. However, I do wonder at whether there is some original art from Ms. Sperber.

    Very often one could mistake the discipline involved with these creations as a symptom of OCD.
    This is very true of modern art that requires a great deal of repetitive application of shapes and color.
    But as with those who make incredible miniatures, the eyes of the artist reveal much to us.
    And we can question the sanity of some artists and have for centuries…

    But there is a saying “It’s the cracked ones that let the sun shine through.”

    Well done Ms. Sperber…

    Regan DuCasse
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