Paper Miura

The Miura fold ミウラ折り, named for its inventor Japanese astrophysicist Koryo Miura, is a crease pattern which folds a flat surface (such as paper) into a smaller area via an elegant tessellation of parallelograms.

I am personally interested in the Miura for 4 reasons: a) the tensile physical qualities of the Miura; b) the simultaneous 2 and 3 dimensional aspects of the Miura; c) the likeness of the Miura to abstracted mountainous landscapes; d) surface — the aesthetics of mapping color, line, text, and found imagery onto the Miura.

This early set of images represents a playing around with these 4 possibilities. The set incorporates found pieces of used urban text such as religious pamphlets and train schedules; color dying using chance processes; and the site-specific project In the Fold, where in 2 installations in the Chelsea & Harlem neighborhoods of NYC, I’ve projected my collection of found and personal slide images onto human-sized Miura screens singly, in pairs, and in triads.