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

Welcome and thank you for your attention.
Please find an excerpt of my works below.
Please find the walk-in sculptures also in the archive.

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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

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bourrée Sorcière and The Fence Riders

Bourrée Sorcière, 2006

steel, 24ct gold leaf
approx. 180 x 180 x 1cm

Bourrée Sorcière, front view

Bourrée Sorcière and The Fence Riders, side view
It is the year 1952 ... Alexej Sacharoff looks back to a fulfilled artists’ life in dance, stage and costume design as well as painting. Nearly fifty years he performed and produced formidable art pieces. At that time he still continues creating more celebrated works, and after a lifetime of travelling and moving around the globe he settles down in Rome. Then he scetches another choreography onto a paper, the ‘bourée fantasque’... 
... 53 years later, I found the scetch in a book while doing research on Alexej and Clothilde Sacharoff, the famous dancers couple. They have been in the surroundings of ‘Der Blaue Reiter’ (‘The Blue Rider’) and members of ‘Neue Künstlervereinigung München’ which both have been trailblazing artists groups, developing abstract art and Expressionism. Members of those artist groups have been Wassily Kandinsky, Thomas von Hartmann, Gabriele Münter, Marianne von Werefkin and others.

As dance and dancers are deeply inspiring for my work, I loved it straight away. 
I translated the choreography into my formal language and developed 'The Fence Riders’ and their
Matrix, ‘Bourrée Sorcière’, where the score is leaf gilded on.

The Fence Riders, still in progress