Computers definitely have transformed our minds and imaginations. Many of us now embrace geometry and three dimensions and generative form thanks to our devices. But, sometimes, it’s worth stepping away from the screen. It lets us understand with our hands working away at a problem using something more than a mouse, to “see” with our fingers and not just our mind and eyes.
Matt Shlian considers himself a “paper engineer,” and in addition to studying the material’s attributes on a nano-level, crafts and creates these beautiful works experimenting with light, balance and form. “Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals;” says Shlian on his website, “I see their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration.” The magic of Shlian’s paper sculptures is as much in the finished result as in the process; every snip and fold is a meditation of sorts, paying reverance to the material, its kinetic energy, and its infinite potential.