I am a self-taught Origami artist and these original artworks contain thousands of sheets of paper and require no adhesives to construct. Each sculpture on my website contains up to 6,000 sheets of hand folded paper and requires anywhere from 30 to 80 hours to construct. Nearly all of my works consist of my self-created interlocking base fold, which I believe creates a structural integrity that is likely unseen in Origami.
Creating these sculptures begins with a consistent geometric formula on how to mathematically evolve and advance the forms and designs of three dimensional sculptural origami paper puzzles. This advancement in complexity is a direct result from the application of mathematics, geometry, symmetry, reflection, rotation, repetition, and mirrored images.
In a sense I know how I am going to build a specific design based not upon what I want or think the sculpture should look like but rather by using mathematical principles related to how the geometry varies. Due to the nature of this mathematical approach to these sculptures the final product is more of a result and surprise than a preconceived geometric form. This gives you the blueprint for creating sculptures that have a concrete and yet visually unknown solution. This allows my work to continually evolve, making my sculptures more complex creates an exponentially increasing amount of potential designs.
Although they are technically Origami sculptures I refer to my work as Paper Engineering.
Origami is the art of paper folding. Once the paper is folded you have a finished product that is usually representational of something that exists and is identifiable (such as a crane or turtle that was created with only one sheet of paper). To me the process of my art is at odds with this common perception of traditional Origami. In Paper Engineering folding thousands of sheets of paper is just the beginning. The real challenge and time exists in physically assembling these pieces together. Through a process of weaving the individual sheets become suspended off of one another. This results in organic designs based upon uniform geometry created through a process of symmetry and repetition. Through hands-on mathematics I create concrete geometric forms that represent the principles of infinity. Nearly every design I create theoretically expands infinitely in all directions and each specific sculpture is a representation of a physical geometric space that exists within these infinite patterns.
Creativity, imagination, and self education (in any field) feed the mind and provide self worth, which is something I came to learn early on. This influenced me to pursue creating art full time. Just making art doesn't make you a modern artist. You need to get your work out in the world. You must have an audience that experiences the work for it to truly be alive and in use. Attempting to become a professional artist, in any medium, is very risky and in general has great financial uncertainty. In terms of being able to support oneself it has a higher failure rate than any other profession. In my opinion this can ultimately result in the most rewarding possible career for the very few that can make it financially. I am driven to become the best possible artist that I can be, and I believe I can create and make things that have never been seen before (if I haven't already). I used to think that would be enough and hat recognition would follow but I have come to learn that things of this nature almost never work out as you imagined.
As an artist success should only be about the subjective quality of a work and its result. Sadly this is not the case. As a 21st Century human being success is only related to the amount of money one makes. As an artist this is out of my control more so than any other profession.
I could make the most intricate and mathematically evolved origami sculpture ever and most people will only consider it a success if you are making money...I am not one of those people.
Do Not “Kid” Yourself. The process of my craft is extremely time consuming and mentally exhausting. The heart, soul, and backbone of these sculptures exists in my comprehensive understanding of how to vary and evolve geometric designs and forms from mathematical formulas. Each design I create spawns countless more ideas and ambitions. This inspires me to continually try and evolve my works in the pursuit of knowledge that relates to math, form, geometry, design, construction, and problem solving. These discoveries provide me with overwhelming feelings of satisfaction, self worth, and gratification. The highlights of my artist career are almost always attributed to "breakthroughs" that I have had while working. There have been several occasions where when making a work I get consumed with creativity and possibility that results in a vision-like outline of where my work is headed and the forms and designs that I will create in the future. These positive feelings are directly related to teaching myself new things while expanding my mathematical and artistic knowledge.
-KTHX 100.1 Radio Artist of the Month 2013
-Oct. 2014: B.R.I.C. Gallery Carson CIty, NV
-June 2015: AanArt Gallery, Reno, NV
-July 2015: Holland Project Gallery, Reno,NV
-Brew Ha-Ha Artist Village January 2016
-July 2016: Art Comes Alive-ADC Gallery: Cincinnati Ohio
-December 2016: Featured in "Inside Artists Magazine" (UK)
-April 2017: Art Comes Alive Winner- Publishing Contract
-May 2017: Feature in BLINK Art Resources Yearly Catalog
-April 2018: Sierra Arts Foundation Gallery Show, Reno NV