Artist Statement

Sculptural Origami Artworks:

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.

Inspiration:

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.



2-D Conceptual Geometry Artworks

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.


Resume:

-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