How fascinating it is to see sheets of paper turned into modular paper sculptures. With paper as his medium, Richard Sweeney creates his artworks with geometric precision.
Looking at Sweeney’s work it makes you wonder. How he crafted such interesting pieces? How he reflected on each idea. And being able to execute it without any fancy equipment. His humble tools consist of a ruler, cutter, and some glue. The result is not at all simple but a complex three-dimensional design.
He was born in Huddersfield, England but now based in Wakefield. The Batley School of Art and Design opened his eyes to his artistic abilities. This paved way for him to study three-dimensional design. And he did at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He focused on paper manipulation producing models of what eventually will become his masterpieces.
Some of his works remind me of a snowflake. Others are reminiscent of a shell like structure or an angel’s wing. From table top dimensions to enormous installations he certainly has the construction technique.
But what really struck me is how intricate each figure is. What he visualizes in his mind materializes as he draws, cuts, and folds paper. What he shows is his innate talent. His imagination translated by work of his hands.
It was developed through years of academic knowledge and experience. He applies geometrical methods to produce these abstract clusters. Every curve, pattern, snip, and bend carefully thought of. Building undersized and immense paper shapes featuring his outstanding skills.
His practice is a blend of art disciplines not just design and sculpture but also photography. He also does graphic design as well as public sculpture commissions. A man wearing many hats but clearly sticks to his passion. This is what makes him extraordinary.
Sweeney gives back by sharing his knowledge. He conducts lectures at universities. Also facilitates workshops on paper folding. He also passes his design techniques to aspiring artists.