Each Sculpture on my website contains between 1,500 and 5,300 sheets of hand folded paper. Each piece was made without the use of any adhesives and requires anywhere from 30 to 80 hours to create.
Although they are technically Origami sculptures I refer to my work as Paper Engineering.
Origami vs. 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 geometric forms that have both a molecular and futuristic quality that represent the principles of something infinite. 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.
Creating these sculptures begins with a formula on how to mathematically approach a more simple geometric form and allow it to expand in complexity through the consistent application of math that is unrelated to what the sculpture looks like and directly related to a process of 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.
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. This gives me a sense of hope and great joy as well as something to look forward to. These positive feelings are incomparable for me and essentially created from teaching myself and expanding my intellect as well as my mathematical and artistic knowledge.
Why Pursue Art as a career?
Attempting to become a professional artist, in any medium, has an extremely high risk factor in terms of failure. In my opinion this can ultimately result in the most rewarding possible career for the very few that can make it financially. I hate the fact that money plays any part in my response to this question but I would be lying if I said it didn't. 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 that recognition would follow but I have come to learn that things of this nature almost never work out as you imagined.
Creativity and imagination feed the soul which is something I came to learn early on. This influenced me to pursue creating art full time and eventually I came to the decision that because I have the work I need to break out of my comfort zone in an attempt to network and showcase my talents. 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.
There was a time in my life in which I was socially and physically active to an extreme. Over time I subconsciously traded this lifestyle for a more introverted and secluded routine. I have lost more than you can imagine in pursuit of this dream and I often remind myself to embrace my struggles and frustration because the harder it is now the more rewarding it can be if I come to achieve what I have set out for (recognition as a world leader in my field and hopefully sales and opportunities come with that).
What Defines Success?
As an artist success should only be about the 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.
Until recently my works as an artist were almost exclusively 3 dimensional origami sculptures. Over the past year I have diverted more of my time towards creating 2 dimensional paintings and drawings that I categorize as conceptual and representational geometry. When shown together you can see how they are directly related and influenced from one another (in terms of mathematical approach and represented geometrical forms).
These paintings and drawings are inspired from and directly related to my Origami sculptures. Creating these 2 Dimensional images begins with a formula on how to mathematically approach a more simple geometric form and allow it to expand in complexity through the consistent application of math that is unrelated to what the form looks like and directly related to a process of symmetry, rotation, reflection, 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 final product should look like but rather by using mathematical principles related to how the geometry varies. Due to the nature of this mathematical approach the finished product is more of a result and surprise than a preconceived geometric form. This gives you the blueprint for creating designs that have a concrete and yet visually unknown solution. This allows my work to continually evolve, making my geometric forms more complex creates an exponentially increasing amount of potential designs. Nearly every design I create theoretically expands infinitely in all directions and each specific painting or drawing is a representation of a physical geometric space that exists within these infinite patterns.
-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
-August 2017- Feature in magazine "Curated by BLINK"
"Origami is undoubtedly the most universally consistent and accepted art form in all the cosmos." -Vance Houston