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Folding time and space

In photography on 28 May 2009 at 10:00 am

triple helix detailJennie Nayton, Triple Helix (detail) 2005

Jennie Nayton stops time in her photographs of natural, fluid forms like water and clouds, then expands the captured moment into three-dimensional space by cutting and folding the print itself.

The pattern of the folds relates to the images: waves break across the paper in undulating steps, ripples of repeated folds appear in the surface of a shallow pool, a waterfall seems to flow in a cascade of pleats down a wall.

Wave HelixJennie Nayton, Wave Helix 2005

This is intricate, fascinating work. While Nayton identifies as a photographer, her works’ sculptural aspects compels our attention, constantly changing as our point of view changes.

Her technique is drawn from origamic architecture, an “extreme” version of the familiar Japanese paper-folding art. Its originator, Masahiro Chatani, produced entire models of buildings are from a single sheet of paper with nothing more than cuts and folds. A selection of his work can be viewed here.

Nayton has documented her own process in this slideshow.

Shallow Water 2006. Hand-cut digital print on archival fine art paper, Ed. 5, 73 x 120cmJennie Nayton, Shallow Water 2008

Nayton lives and works in Perth, WA, where she is represented by Gallery East. In Sydney, you can see Wave Helix in the group show “Chiaroscuro” at Artereal, 747 Darling Street, Rozelle, until 5 June 2009.

 

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