A new article about some pieces I have on display at the American Craft Council. The show also features two large works from my wife Ioana Stoian – including our favorite joint effort, Unison.
Here’s a snippet from the included Q&A in the article, which I highly recommend checking out:
Who and what inspires you?
I draw a lot of inspiration from shapes and patterns I see every day – both in nature and in the manmade world. After working with tessellations for so many years, I see them intrinsically in anything that repeats – they always catch my eye, and I am drawn to them. This often manifests itself later on in a piece, sometimes rather unknowingly. I was heavily influenced by the work of the Dadaists and Surrealists, as a teenager; I grew up in a military family, and I spent one particularly isolated summer after a cross-country relocation cooped up in my room with a stack of great art books on that period in history. I had not known such a thing existed, artistically, and it made a great impression on me. In the last few years, I find myself turning to paper art pioneers like Josef Albers, Jean-Claude Correia, and Ron Resch for motivation to push past self-imposed boundaries.