|Richard Sweeney, Partial Shell, water color paper 2010|
For something we use every day we don't quite often see paper in such a way as Richard Sweeney uses it. Born 1984 in Huddersfield, England.
He discovered a natural talent for sculpture at Batley School of Art and Design in 2002, which led him to the study of Three Dimensional Design at the Manchester Metropolitan University, where he concentrated on the hands-on manipulation of paper to create design models, which ultimately developed into sculptural pieces in their own right.
As students we use paper every day, yes we learned how to fold paper air planes in elementary school, but Richard Sweeney has taken a part of our daily lives and made it into something much more. The simplicity of the medium is greatly emphasized by the complexity of his work. As art students we can appreciate how clean this white paper is. As you can see from above the use of light and shadow are used to create more depth to his work. He created the Partial Shell through hands on experimentation by just plain old folding paper, and through this manipulation it was observed that through repetition, a curved line could be formed.
Through the repetition of a curved line, folding patterns are drawn by using a template, the resulting forms from which were inherently unpredictable. Thus, the three-dimensional outcome is not predetermined- a new form is discovered with each unique folding pattern- and several variations of form can in fact be produced from a single pattern through the manipulation of the paper when wet-folding.
|Richard Sweeney, Gerald|
|Richard Sweeney, Tetrahedron 2006|
-Jessica A Guerra