Genesis Bowl 2008
12 inch diameter, 9 in.height, 1000+ units, colors: turquoise and grey.
Swans are traditional Chinese Origami sculptures that may be given as gifts to newlyweds. They represent a long and happy life together. Creating various animal sculptures enabled me to become more and more familiar with the techniques of building with Chinese Origami Units. Swans may have 500+ pieces, depending on size, and are built by starting with a base formed into a circle and built upon as one complete unit.
Origami is the ancient art of paper folding with the potential to evolve into new ways of seeing the world. My art is formed from linked paper modules that are used to create a popular Origami style in China, as well as, Southeast Asia and Japan. While researching, I discovered that this very old Chinese art form was popularized in 1993 when a ship called the Golden Venture brought illegal Chinese immigrants into the U.S.A.
Further research allowed me to produce my own designs out of these Chinese folded units. Paper is as fragile as freedom. Amazingly, paper can be as strong as the desire for freedom when it is linked together in this unique form of art. My paper, multi-unit, origami bowls reflect individual frailty strengthened by the foundation of heritage. The construction process takes several weeks. There are often more than 600 individual paper units in my sculptures. Each unit is created from a small cut rectangular piece of paper of one particular color or another, which is then folded nine times, linked to another, and glued. This unique paper art allows me to create my own geometric beauty and give a singular voice to the unity of many.
I invite comments and questions about my original Origami designs. I will try to add new photos as my art is completed.