The grain, fractal patterns, and branching forms so prevalent in the structure of a tree gets erased after the material is manipulated into something new.
"Paper never stays perfectly flat. The instant it becomes folded, creased, or crumpled, it takes on a new shape and form; nature has begun to transform it in accordance with its own ideals. The geometrical framework of the universe is made visible once more."
“Manmade materials often lack all the distinct markings and features of the natural world. The grain, fractal patterns, and branching forms so prevalent in the structure of a tree gets erased after the material is manipulated into something new. I wanted to create something that was purely human, but also distinctly natural, honoring nature’s form and also its impermanence.” – Paul Veto
"I wanted to create something that was purely human, but also distinctly natural, honoring nature's form and also its impermanence." - Paul Veto
American artist Paul Veto, latest sculpture series, INTO THE FOLD, explores the familiar network-like patterns and geometric shapes found everywhere in nature – a forest tree canopy, a river delta, a lightning storm, and even our own central nervous system. Fractal patterns, seemingly random and unconscious, serve a vital purpose in ecology. They create efficiency and bring order to chaos. Noticing these same patterns in a crumpled piece of paper, Veto began carving these landscapes into wood, emulating the lines and texture, and blending the natural beauty of the wood grain with the shape and form of crumpled paper.
Utilizing the same lines and angles he observed in his paper models, Veto’s stainless steel sculpture examines fractal patterns abstractly and in a manmade medium – metal. These works capture the negative space, allowing light to pass through and reflect off of the angles and lines. INTO THE FOLD emulates the topography of life, which can only exist when man and nature interact, working together to realize a transformation of both.