Matt Shlian is a paper engineering artist who can produce these incredible forms from everyday materials found anywhere. He is the one who creates stunning geometric designs built with tessellations to make strategic and precise foldings.
As they highlight the beauty of each shape through subtle shifts in tone, the 3D pieces are often crafted in bone-white or black-colored paper.
Each monochromatic sculpture has an intricate repeat element, be it large or small. In order to translate the paper structures to microfolds on the nanoscale, so far Shlian has worked with scientists at the University of Michigan. His engineering skills and his interest in the medium have yielded unlikely collaborations.
As a matter of fact, to visualize cellular division and solar cell development, the scientists use the folds and somehow, because of their shared sense of curiosity, the two groups can click.
On the other hand, Shlian says that wonder has guided him all along. As Shlian wrote it in his artist statement, “I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over. My work is made because I cannot visualize its final realization.”
Source : My Modern Met, Matt Shlian, Website, Instagram, Facebook