welcome to the blog for steel art aficionados by steelsculptress isabella devinast!

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Please find an excerpt of my works below.
Please find the walk-in sculptures also in the archive.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Walk-in Sculptures

Although i work freely, based on my thoughts and feelings about the impressions that flood my awareness, i specialise in walk-in sculptures in steel for entrance halls and gardens/outdoors, partly amplified through colour and/or leaf gilding.
These works provide experiences that make life more intense.
My Walk-in Sculptures foster the development of new thoughts as they change your perception of proximities. You are able to let yourself glide into new horizons whilst buzzing in energies you create through your own mind.
Thus they are perfect places to arrange meetings, brainstormings, gatherings, think tanks or just dinner parties in an extraordinary setting. They merge protection, simplicity, pureness and strength and appear light and fragile at the same time.

Walk-in-Sculptures are available as commissions.

view from above, only minutes after finishing

Some of the sculptures that were burned out are leaning against the wall of the next house. They will always be connected with the matrix. Therefore, these works are perfect to build a connection between different places.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Brünnhild and The Shadow Of The Valkyrie

Brünnhild, 1998
approx 35 x 50 x 2 cm

The Shadow Of The Valkyrie
approx 45 x 60 x 2 cm

Josephine Baker Cycle

Tutu De Bananes, 1998
approx 90 cm height, 90 cm diametre, 1,4 cm strong

steel, synthetic protection layer

The last work of the cycle. For the whole cycle please click here.

Duncan Matrix

The Duncan Cycle

Duncan Matrix, 1999
Steel, 24ct gold leaf
approx 150 cm height, 90 cm diametre, 1,4 cm strong

steel, synthetic protection layer

steel, synthetic protection layer

Last piece of the cycle. For the whole cycle please click here.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013


Started in 2001, ongoing project, direct impact from 9/11 2001 and The Love Works.
Various sizes, any Mantra can be commissioned.
Steel, 24ct gold leaf.

greek / turkish

arabic / hebrew

prepared so far to create:

greek / turkish (as above)
hebrew / arabic (as above)
amharic (Ethiopia) / tigrinya (Eritrea)
spanish / euskara (Basque)
singalese / tamil (both Sri Lanka)
tibetan / chinese


Totenklage oder Trauergesang im Alten Rom.

Ein Gedicht von Friedrich Schiller, das vertont wurde von Johannes Brahms zum Andenken an den Maler Anselm Feuerbach.

Ich habe mir erlaubt, einen Buchstaben zu entfernen, um die Aussage zu modifizieren.
50 x 60 cm.

Photos von David Nassim.

Acryl und Kohle auf Leinwand

Acryl und 24ct Blattgold auf Leinwand

Championsleague, 2006

Steel, 24ct gold leaf, approx. 45 x 45 x1 cm

can be commissioned at any time


Stahlweiber - Steel Dames

frontal perspective

frontal perspective

back perspective

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I will never ever marry you

'ich werde dich niemals heiraten', 2005
steel, earth, grass
approx. 130 x 100 x 1cm

installed outside, front look

outside, side view
inside installation, front view

inside, side view

The Amazons

The Amazons' Matrix, 2000
Steel, 24ct gold leaf

150 x 300 x 1,4cm, ca 450kg


In ancient Greek times, the patriarchy was ‘invented’ and established as political form. Thus women were considered as less worthy than men, which is still a common view on this planet. It was said, that a woman, to be as good as a man in ‘male’ skills, has to delete some femininity in herself or her body.

A direct impact of this decision was to be seen in the reporting of the Amazons, who were described as being ‘as strong and skilled in war crafts as men’. In the first 1000 years of historical coverage by the Greeks, they have always been seen as normal women. After this period of time, when the patriarchy was carburized in the subconscious, the narration of Amazons tales was attended by pictures of women with only one or even without breasts, which they should have burned or cut off with a sword for the better handling of bow and arrow... it was even said, that the name ‘Amazons’ came from the ancient Greek ‘á mazòs’, which was meant to be translated as ‘without breasts’, which was disproved in later times as a peoples derivation.

I allow my Amazons to have full, strong and beautiful breasts. Just as an expression of life force and joy to be a woman. And as a tribute to the original reports of their members.

Another important aspect of this work is the theme uniformity.

When you look at the Matrix, you will see this army of Amazons, 28 of them, where every Amazon seems to resemble the next, like one egg to another. But if you take them out of their army, see them quasi naked, you discover that they are all individual. Without their arms, you can only tell about their profession by the posture they share.

So please take this thought and think it to the end.

Amazone no. 21

Text der Amazonenmatrix
auf die Matrix in altgriechisch mit 24ct Blattgold geschrieben

Penthesileia hat, wie alle ihre Kriegerinnen, wahrhaftig zwei, noch dazu unübersehbar üppige, Brüste. Der überlieferte Mythos, nachdem Achilleus sich erst unmittelbar nach der Tötung und Entwaffnung der Amazonenkönigin hoffnungslos in sie verliebte, mag durchaus in dieser Üppigkeit jener weiblichen Attribute begründet gewesen sein. Dass indessen alle Amazonen, kriegstüchtig, wie sie einmal waren, sich um der Kriegskunst besserer Ausführung willen einer oder gar beider Brüste, sei es durch Stahl oder Flamme entäussert hätten, ist eine Erfindung späterer Epochen. Dieselbe ist einer jenem Weibervolke allenfalls psychosymbolisch angedichtete, doch ganz und gar nicht real, geschweige denn mythologisch gerecht werdende Zumutung. So liegt denn auch der Erklärung des Wortes "Amazone", gemäss a-mazós, also "ohne Brust" (=busenlos) eine längst als falsch erwiesene Volksethymologie zugrunde.

Zu den Amazonen

Was passiert, wenn ich einen Menschen aus einer scheinbar gleichförmigen Masse -in diesem Falle eine Armee- herauslöse?
Was tritt hervor?
Hier zeigt sich die Individualität, die Haltung, der höchst persönliche Ausdruck, bar jeder „Stammeszugehörigkeit“, die sich an Oberflächlichkeiten festmacht. Dieser Mensch ist quasi pur, seine inneren Werte, seine Würde, sein Maß an Kraft und Selbstwert zeigen sich ungeschminkt, er kann sich nicht verbergen hinter Uniformitäten eines bestimmten Standes.
Er zeigt sich unverhohlen in der Essenz seiner Persönlichkeit.
Es sei denn, er hat gelernt, selbst nackt sich zu tarnen. Doch was muß geschehen sein, daß dies vonnöten ist? Daß ein menschliches Wesen so wenig Vertrauen hat, daß es sich niemals zu erkennen geben möchte? Wievielen von uns ergeht es so? Wer kokettiert damit? Und wieviele haben den Mut, sich entblößt in all ihrer Verletzlichkeit, Kraft und Schönheit zu zeigen?

Penthesileia, the last queen of the Amazons

installed during one of my open studios in Cologne


Friday, April 13, 2012

beautiful article about my work in HW magazine

HW Magazine

please read it and bookmark it. what a great magazine.
about me: page 54 ff

a big thank you to monica, this is great!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


bronze cast
'mother' of the 'wilde hilde' (see this blogpost)
approx 7cm high, full cast or hollow cast.
3/8, 8/8 available.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


vladimir: approx. 13cm high and 1,2kg heavy.
full bronze cast.

available are no. 2/8 - 8/8

side view, pic by david nassim

Monday, August 29, 2011

masters raving madness

once upon a time, when my heart was in search for the right path to follow, I decided to do an apprenticeship as a blacksmith to broaden my skills and knowledge for my sculptures. I got a place at a posh craftsmans company and started.

I very soon was forced to realize, that my work 'masters raving madness', that I had made a year before, was visionary..

sometimes it does not feel too good, to be confirmed.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

the quest

name it what ever you want - in the end, we're all in search of inner peace

a procession of six nuns, lined up like pearls on a string, paces praying and reciting down the path. the formal language is inspired by the east-berlin green man (or manikin), they are steely, but somehow soft at the same time. you can literally hear the bassline of the steady footsteps, gliding smoothly, rustling over the ground.

each of them is sunk into her prayers, her very own cosmos.. she is searching for HIM, the one-ness, the knowledge. at the very end there is the one, that peeps under the dress of the one before her, to maybe access HER, the answer to all questions, the certainty..

the request, to find IT, the origin of all, is still omnipresent today. it simply appears in a different countenance at every human being. no matter, if it is enlightenment, inner peace, a cheerful heart or really finding god, what we aim for, at the end of the day, it is always the same:

in the depths of ourselves
in one-ness

and that is achieved the best with humour, and by allowing yourself to take an unusual path.

german version:

wie auch immer sie es nennen, am ende sind wir alle auf der suche nach innerem frieden

eine prozession von nonnen, aufgereiht wie an einer perlenschnur, schreitet betend und rezitierend dahin. die formsprache ist vom ostberliner ampelmännchen inspiriert, sie sind stählern und doch irgendwie weich. man hört förmlich die bassline der gleichmäßigen schritte, die die prozession, leise rauschend, dahingleitend, erzeugt.

jede ist auf ihre weise intensiv versunken im gebet und ist in ihren kosmos eingetaucht… sie sucht nach IHM, dem einen, dem wissen. und am ende ist eine, die der vorderen unter den rock spinkst, um SIE, die antwort auf alle fragen, die gewissheit, vielleicht dort zu finden..

das ansinnen, IHN, den ursprung, zu finden, ist auch heute noch omnipräsent, es erscheint bei jedem menschen schlicht durch ein anderes antlitz. doch ob nun erleuchtung, innerer frieden, ein heiteres herz oder tatsächlich gott zu finden das ziel ist - es ist letztendlich immer dasselbe:

in tiefer innerer einheit.
im all-einen.

und das geht am besten mit humor, und, indem auch ungewöhnliche schritte gewagt werden.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

divine angels

divine angels,

garden sculptures, steel, powder coated, approx. 30 x 30 x 0,6 cm.
limited edition, numered, signed.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Wide Screen Buddha

Wide Screen Buddha

Nowadays a religious stimulus satiation cannot be avoided, no matter where you try to escape to.
We see mullahs online or on TV shows, we all have already heard of those funny TV preachers you cross every now and then in US Television, and some hindu priest will definitely tell you on an indian broadcast what Hanuman or Ganesha suggests to do.

Infront of this background I wondered how a Bodhisattva would act, when he finds himself in front of a TV camera, being asked for a sermon…
…and I had this image of him bursting out in laughter and telling everyone to just enjoy life, not taking yourself too seriously and laugh out loud when you catch yourself being stuck in old patterns.

To transform this image into my language, I chose nine equally shaped steel blocks, and arranged them into a video installation format, with an approximate 16:9 proportion, and added my sign in 24ct gold leaf on the upper left block, just as if ‘I’ would be CNN or Al Jazeera or ..

So when you install your Wide Screen Buddha, please put a candle and incense sticks underneath the installation, and adjoin some nice flowers. You will find out that when you take some minutes in front of him, a smile will sneak onto your face and your mood -no matter how dark it might have been before- will lighten up real quick…

The Wide Screen Buddha exists so far in approx 90 x 105 x 2 cm (above) and in 150 x 260 x 1 cm (below).

Thursday, April 21, 2011