Paper is such an ordinary, unassuming material. In my work, I create complex forms by scoring and folding a series of “mountain” and “valley” folds in white sheets of paper. I love transforming such a banal and monochromatic medium into a beautiful and complex form. All of the resulting geometric patterns are a result of light and shadow only; no ink or color is used.
I find the process—which is methodical and precise—to be a form of quiet meditation. I score the same few angles over and over again, and then coax each scored line and facet into the correct form. The result is a pleated paper sculpture that compresses and expands like an accordion. I often use needle and thread to secure the paper sculpture to a backing sheet.
I’m very sensitive to noise, and in the last few years, I’ve found myself slowly reducing sensory stimulation in all parts of my life. This personal shift has influenced my work: I’ve moved away from bold, high contrast designs in favor of quiet, textural aesthetics. I want my work to make people feel calm, focused, and grounded, a respite from a loud, overstimulating world.