Intricate Beaded Motifs Add Colorful Dimension to Jan Huling’s Animal Sculptures

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Intricate Beaded Motifs Add Colorful Dimension to Jan Huling’s Animal Sculptures




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February 4, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Hero” (2019), 27 x 22 x 8 inches. All images © Jan Huling, shared with permission

A former product designer turned bead artist, Jan Huling begins each sculpture with a blank form in the shape of a miniature horse, giant praying mantis, and eager monkey perched on a box. She then glues small glass pieces in meandering lines, concentric circles, and other elaborately constructed motifs. “I don’t sketch out designs beforehand,” she tells Colossal. “Rather I let my designs grow organically and let the work itself inspire me.”

Each embellishment is a study of color, texture, and form, with some patterns structuring facial features like the radiant eyes of the nine-foot “Das Bug” and others adding hypnotic ornaments like the intersecting patches that span the length of the tail in “KoKo.” Although Huling doesn’t translate any specific motifs, she shares that she’s drawn to traditions of Mexican and Indian artists, in addition to the works of Nick Cave (previously) and Tim Burton.

Huling, who’s based in Jersey City Heights, will have sculptures on view at Art Market San Francisco this April through Duane Reed Gallery, and her billowing dress titled “The Gown” is headed to the Museum of Beadwork this summer. Explore a collection of her intricate creations on her site and Instagram. (via Women’s Art)

 

“Hero” (2019), 27 x 22 x 8 inches

Detail of “Das Bug” (2015), 61 x 69 x 110 inches

“Das Bug” (2015), 61 x 69 x 110 inches

Detail of “Das Bug” (2015), 61 x 69 x 110 inches

“KoKo” (2011), 48 x 15 x 24 inches

Detail of “KoKo” (2011), 48 x 15 x 24 inches

#animals
#beads
#sculpture

 

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