Ida Pearle grew up in a loft on West 26th street in New York City in a family of tinkerers. Her mother was a painter and her father a sound recordist. When she was small, she spent a LOT of time practicing the violin and drawing. Ida’s bedroom window overlooked a huge flea market, and she would spend weekends rummaging through objects from another time, like antiques, old scarves and spare parts of things. If she was lucky, she might find a sparkly glass bead, or swatch of colorful fabric to bring home with her. Once she saw Andy Warhol there.
Her favorite places to visit were the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the underwater dioramas at the Museum of Natural History, and Children’s Zoo in Central Park.
On friday evenings in the summer, Ida, and her mother and sister would wait downstairs for her father to pick them up in their “little green car.” They would drive upstate and the Moon would follow them all the way to Addy’s House, where she could hear the crickets chirping loudly and see the stars that the city’s lights had masked.
When Ida grew up she studied figurative painting at the Cooper Union (for the Advancement of Science and Art). In 1998, she began making cut paper collages with a focus on children. Though seemingly simple, her collages are closely observed studies in gesture and movement and based on a thorough knowledge of the figure. There is a quiet depth to Ida’s work; elements of abstraction are balanced by a pictorial specificity that evoke strong emotions from viewers.
Ida’s first children’s book A Child’s Day; An Alphabet of Play (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) received a glowing review in The New York Times, and was chosen as a best children’s book of 2008 by Bank Street College.
Ida has played violin on about 50 records with artists such as Low, The Magnetic Fields, Tara Jane Oneil and William Parker.
Ida lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.
She is represented by Meredith Kaffel Simonoff at De Fiore & Co.