I begin with a set of simple confines. I use those self-imposed restrictions to unearth inert qualities in my materials. In this case, I used only graphite pencils and scalpels to modify origami papers. I played with color, tone, sheen, pattern, boundaries, and positive and negative spaces to alter the viewer’s focus from the strong, repetitive patterns in the printed papers. For example, I freed some designs from the boundaries of the square origami sheet, pushing patterns into the space beyond the primary support. In others, I transformed the color relationships by masking passages with graphite. The graphite enhances the surface and adds dimensionality to the object as each page engages the viewer’s gaze from various angles in specular light. The combination, layering, and/or omission of certain patterns or colors challenges the viewer’s focus and heightens friction between fore and backgrounds.
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