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Foam Sculptures Playfully Create Candy-Colored Landscapes

The process of creation and change are characteristics emphasized in Dresden-based artist Stephanie Lning's work. And in her piece titled Schauminsel, we're witness to how the sculpture gradually takes its form. The artist uses a foam machine connected to different water tanks that feature pigments like blue, red, and yellow. She then uses these two things to produce a large pile of colored foam. We see the machine spit out the suds in a series of rings, and the amorphous shape has the appearance of a fantastical landscape when viewed at certain angles.

Everything, from the mixing console of colors to the machine itself, is controlled by Lning. It's also a piece that can be reproduced, which is exactly what she's done since Schauminsel was created in 2012. The foam later appeared in front of a crowd of people in a shopping district, and it occupied a house in 2013. There, Lning playfully concealed the foam machine and tanks near a window so it looked like the building was overflowing with candy-colored lather.

Stephanie Lning website
via [Reckon]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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