I grew up in a small city in northern Michigan and spent much of my youth outdoors in all seasons.
A self-taught artist, who once worked as a translator in Japan, my origami bas relief landscapes are a new and unique approach to the ancient tradition of origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into representational shapes. I was influenced by the Japanese textile arts of origami (paper folding), oshi-e (paintings from quilted silk scraps), and chigiri-e (painting with lace paper).
Colors, patterns, textures and shadows are key design elements in my art. I use color to evoke feelings – spending hours choosing patterns and textures from hundreds of handmade Japanese papers. Then I invent origami 3D paper sculptures that add shadow, give depth and bring my work to life. Although sometimes a landscape will incorporate a thousand paper pieces in dozens of different patterns and colors, every item that is added must enhance the composition.
I have lived and traveled around the world – from Osaka to London, Chicago to Oslo. There is beauty of place, and of spirit, all around us though these are often overlooked. In my art, I aim to celebrate both the festive and the quiet moments in our “everyday” lives – from the bustle of farmers’ markets to the rustle of corn leaves in October.
For me, origami is a metaphor of hope. One flat piece of paper, a seemingly simple material, through a multifaceted progression of paper-folds, can be transformed into almost anything. It is my hope that my art inspires viewers to look at life in a new way – to celebrate their world and their role in it!