Math Meets Art with Matthew Shilan

Once, I made a lantern out of paper in 7th grade. It was the culmination of my paper art career. Matthew Shilan, to me, is a real life wizard. There is no other explanation for these incredible paper tessellation sculptures. Sure, the penchant for engineering and mathematics probably helps, but it must boil down to pure magic.

From his artist statement, “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…Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualize its final realization; in this way I come to understanding through curiosity”.


Clearly, Matthew is a wizard or at least something straight out of A Wrinkle in Time.

To see more of Matthew Shilan’s artwork visit his website, Instagram, and twitter, or (if you happen to be in Florida) see his work at the Florida Gulf Coast University Art Gallery’s Telemetry.

All images courtesy of Matthew Shilan.

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