Matthew Shlian

About

As a paper engineer, my 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 manifest in drawing and three dimensional forms. I use my engineering skills to create kinetic sculpture which have led to collaborations with scientists at University of Michigan. We work on the nanoscale, translating paper structures to micro folds. Our investigations extend to visualizing cellular division and solar cell development. Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principles; I see their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration. 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.

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Work Selection

 Matthew Shlian - Unholy 205 - Even my Horcruxes Have Horcruxes

Unholy 205 - Even my Horcruxes Have Horcruxes

 Matthew Shlian - Unholy 132

Unholy 132

 Matthew Shlian - As Long As You Are Here

As Long As You Are Here

 Matthew Shlian - As Long As You Are Here (Blue)

As Long As You Are Here (Blue)

 Matthew Shlian - As Long As You Are Here (Iridescent Light Blue)

As Long As You Are Here (Iridescent Light Blue)

 Matthew Shlian - As Long As You Are Here (Orange)

As Long As You Are Here (Orange)

 Matthew Shlian - As Long As You Are Here

As Long As You Are Here

 Matthew Shlian - As Long As You Are Here (Square Version)

As Long As You Are Here (Square Version)

 Matthew Shlian - Omoplata (Vista Iridescent Blue)

Omoplata (Vista Iridescent Blue)

 Matthew Shlian - Unholy 216

Unholy 216