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Life-Size Steel Wire Sculptures of Emotional Figures Trapped in Boxes

Wire Sculptures Nadia-Zubareva

Sculptor Nadia Zubareva creates incredible figurative wire sculptures from stainless steel threads and polymer coating. From Siberia, Zubareva now lives and works between St. Petersburg and Finland, constructing her life-size sculptures with incredible skill. The wire sculpture artist manipulates her medium deftly, molding the metal into expressive figures that at times mimic classical art.

Sewn into metal boxes, Zubareva's creations are often inspired by Greek and Roman sculptures. She takes on classic figures like Apollo and the Three Graces, yet seems equally inspired by the spirit of dance. Her ballerina, placed in a snowy forest, rests pointing her toes, while other dancers delicately arch their torsos.

Fixed in their boxes, each translucent sculpture is trapped in their own environment. They are all at once a part of, yet also separate from, our world. As light passes through, the emotions change, each stage of the day bringing out new evocative shadows. Whether in the gallery or placed dramatically in a natural environment, each figure takes on a graphic quality characteristic of Zubareva's work.

Wire sculpture artist Nadia Zubareva uses steel cables to mold evocative figures encased in boxes.

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All images via Nadia Zubareva.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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