HAND CRAFTED OFF THE WALL cubic ART.
In August 2015, I crafted an icon’s portrait, made up of tiny pieces of gold cubes, creating a mesmerising and captivating 3D collage. This was my tribute to the iconic musician Jimi Hendrix, thanking him through What I love doing, making art.
Meticulously giving life to little golden cubes, I create golden paper illustrations by revealing hundreds of golden cubes in order to bring the artwork it to life in three dimension. In this way, the images I create not only stand out, they also reach out to you with an arresting narrative as you look through them, back at yourself. Playing with depth, reflection and shadow, I only create my work using rulers and scalpels.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jay-z, Kanye West, former president Obama as well as author Malcom Gladwell to name a few have all been crafted one by one, in my quest to find new ways to push and innovate through my craft.
As a boy, I would play with random objects I would collect, and combine them in order to create new things. My love for analog and visual crafting remains to this day, even though I manage to blend in a little digital magic, allowing for the two worlds to collide. Almost like a surgeon, what I do requires patience, accuracy and precision.
Creative discipline, a clear head, and many hours of concentration are what is needed every time I make one of my artwork.
I first mapped out a precise grid onto a gold sheet of paper, before being cutting it out and transferring it onto a thicker piece of white board, lifting up the whole artwork and creating depth. Cutting both the gold sheet and the thick board by hand requires a steady hand and a Zen mind. And then, the fun begins. By carefully following the outline of the subject, I count, mark and pin a hole at key points along the contour of the subject before the cutouts begin to take shape. The more complex the subject, the more time is required.
My day job is 3D designer at a London’s creative agency that dabbles in various aspects of design for the built environment and events. Devoting my free time to what some may refer to as a 'pastime' has led me to interesting design collaborations with household influencers like Ebonee Davis. My approach to making my artwork is what stands out and my singular mastery is proof that when you dedicate yourself to your inner hunger for creation, whatever you get your hands on can, as you can see, be turned into gold.