'Paper On Edge'
Miriam Fitzgerald Juskova merged her love of geometry with art.
Most people never realize how much math they use on a daily basis.
Artist Miriam Fitzgerald Juskova’s artworks are steeped in mathematical equations. Using the art of quilling, she cuts small pieces of paper and glues them on edge to create incredibly intricate designs she likes to call ‘Paper On Edge.’ She told Better Business,
“I was raised not to see maths as a scary subject, but rather something that was fun and challenging. In my work, it’s all about the numbers. When I have a vision for a design, I break it down - how many papers will I need, how many shapes, how many strips will I need to cut out, how many pieces will I need to fold etc. I’m so lucky that I get to combine my two passions in my work. Not many people can say that.”
Juskova moved to Kingscourt, Ireland from Slovakia about 20 years ago and worked as a furniture designer and structural engineer. During that time, she started working with paper more and knew that if she only had more time, she could be successful as a full time artist. Around seven years ago, she decided it was time to follow her passion and left her job at the firm. While the pandemic caused quite a scare at the beginning of her art career, she found that people were spending more time on social media and spending more money on art.
Experience some of her work in this VR video.
“Each piece is based on a specific mathematical relationship, symmetry or sequence, and usually based on basic platonic shapes. To create each finished artwork she spends hours designing, cutting, folding and glueing paper, in order to achieve the required depth and movement.
She approaches the process with a mixture of curiosity and precision. Some pieces are created intuitively, while others are pre-designed with every single cut carefully measured. Colours and textures are architectonically brought alive, fusing mathematics and art together.”
As a whole, each of Juskova’s pieces are perfect, but up close, it’s clear just how precise she is with each strip of paper.
Flowing from one piece to the next, she finds inspiration all around her, even a design on a suitcase in the airport. Her work is sold in galleries around Ireland as well as a locations in Canada and Texas.
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