I created this sculpture completely out of recycled cardboard, without the use of any glue, tape, or other adhesive/binding material. Cardboard is a manufactured, artificial material, and I wanted to challenge myself to use it to create something that looked like a natural, biomorphic object. I thought it would be interesting to try to create a form as opposite as possible to what I created it out of!
The form of the nautilus’ shell has fascinated many people, me being one of them. The connections to the famous Fibonacci sequence of numbers – in combination with the natural aesthetic beauty of its shell – have made the nautilus a point of interest to everyone from mathematicians to artists. This is why I chose to model my sculpture after its form. I cut cardboard boxes into long strips and made cuts in strategic places, using these cuts to slide one strip into another. This technique enabled me to create my sculpture completely out of cardboard, without any need for glue or tape. The end result successfully fulfilled my original objective – to juxtapose a biomorphic, natural form with a completely artificial, industrial material.