Born in 1980 in the United States, Matthew Shlian has developed an original language at the crossroads of art and science.
Paper structures by Matthew Shlian
Trained in ceramics he does not claim any affiliation, considering his work on the fringe of any artistic movement. He quickly became interested in digital printing and paper, which he appreciated the delicacy and immediacy.
Matt Shlian tackles the creation of a scientific point of view, leading him to surround himself with researchers from the University of Michigan. Together, they work on a nanoscale to study paper structures. An ideal support in his opinion, to illustrate cell division, the development of solar cells. These scientific observations are the first step. The execution process depends on accurate surgical planning and measurements.
However, the most important remains the initial fold. This first action that will cause as a sequence of dominoes a transfer of energy to the following folds. And it is also through arbitrary incidents and as construction progresses that the movement is created, giving birth to fascinating compositions in which force transcends the lightness of paper.