Artist Statement Like the paper architects of the Soviet era who in the seventies and eighties created fantastic architectural designs based on their belief in the socialist agenda, my work explores the utopian tendencies of the sixties and seventies of the American southwest. Rather than connecting themselves by a relationship to Labor and the Proletariat, these communities were interested in connecting themselves to the land and communing with the marvels of nature.
The utopian beliefs of these communities embraced replicating geometric forms and patterns to create physical spaces that embodied their beliefs in the perfection of nature. Just as the polygonal forms of minerals and the cellular structure of plants formed perfect complex systems, the growth patterns of these communities often resembled fractals in which a single shape repeated itself until a complex, organic cluster was formed.
My work looks to inhabit and extend these utopian impulses by creating vast fantastic structures which bridge the possible and the physically impossible. While each drawing starts with a simple combination of three shapes, the end point is a multitude of polygonal structures and architectural systems that express a unique spiritual connection to the land and nature. While these paper structures are not meant to be built, they are instead manifestations of a spiritually infused landscape and a mindset striving to attain a geometric ideal.