The Wire Sculpture of Gavin Worth

I am enthralled with these wire sculptures created by artist Gavin Worth.  Worth is a self-taught artist born in Zimbabwe, raised in New Mexico, and currently teaching in Cairo at the American International School.  He has a degree in acting and spent several years in the theatre before taking up art full time.
His wire sculptures seem disarmingly simple, almost like sketches. I love how they are there but not there, fully-realized forms that have no substance, and seem to occupy no space.  They are more like the memory of movement or of a moment than weighty art pieces.  He describes his process as follows:
By bending black wire into something of freestanding line drawings, I create sculptures that engage the viewer by involving them in their subtle changes. When the light in the room shifts, so does the mood of the piece. A breeze might softly move an arm. My wire sculptures tell stories of simple human moments: a woman adjusting her hair, a face gazing from behind tightly wrapped arms, a mother gently cradling her baby. The honest, unguarded moments are the ones that I find to be the most beautiful.
He has also does illustration, web design, painting, and has recently started exploring paper cutting, including this arresting portrait of his grandmother.


  1. Those are amazing - they look so light and air filled. They really do have to be displayed in just the right context or they would be lost. I especially liked the hands ones.

  2. Now those are inspiring! Nice to see you again at the meetup this weekend. Take care.

  3. oh my do i love. I am obsessed with nudes but I've never seen them done in this way before. Totally gorgeous.

  4. Thanks for the comment love guys. You are right about displaying them Grace - they definitely need the right place!


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