KINETIC PAPER SCULPTURES BY MATT SHLIAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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As a paper engineer, Matt Shlian‘s work is rooted in print media, book arts and commercial design. Beginning with an initial fold, a single action causes a transfer of energy to subsequent folds, which ultimately manifests in drawing and three dimensional forms. He uses his engineering skills to create kinetic sculptures which have led to collaborations with scientists at University of Michigan.

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They work on the nanoscale, translating paper structures to micro folds. Their investigations extend to visualizing cellular division and solar cell development. Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principles; Shlian sees their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration.

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