Inspiration #28: Paper artist Matthew Shlian
Paper artist Matthew Shlian who refers to himself perhaps more appropriately as a paper engineer. His artwork is sculptural and highly technical. Shlian uses a variety of techniques to cut, folded and reconstruct the paper into geometric shapes which are then painstakingly assembled into intricate lattices or sweeping planes.
He writes: In my studio I am a collaborator, explorer and inventor. I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over. Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualize its final realization; in this way I come to understanding through curiosity.
Shlian is an MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy and divides his time between teaching at the University of Michigan and “mocking up new-fangled packaging options for billion dollar blue-chips, and creating some of the most inspiring paper art around.”
I highly suggest watching the video above by Jakob Skogheim to learn more about his process (he admits to failing algebra in high school), and it looks like a few of his new works are still available in the Ghostly Shop but I imagine they’ll get snapped up pretty quick. Also, don’t miss his 2010 TEDx talk.