My work represents a gradual accumulation of my life and occupational undertaking that has led me to this point and onwards. I try to invoke various aspects of my life that have occurred and incorporated that into my process.
This approach of educational and personal experience has allowed me to understand issues and social dilemmas, and has enabled me to expand my imagination based on these familiarities. I am interested in approaching the unapproachable by embracing and exploring forms, shapes and colors – to understand a more direct visual and emotional connection. I am attracted to mediums that support this process. I have had a long-time interest in paper. I incorporate several steps: preparation, incubation, implementation, workflow, final piece and self-reflection. This allowed me to activate and challenge myself, but at the same time control the different strengts and weakness I might encounter in my journey.
By going beyond these limits of exploration, I can identify inspiration, impulse and everyday behavior. What I hope to achieve is not a path of self-fulfilling confusion, but rather points of directional exploration, achieving different distinctions regardless of where they may lead me. This allows me to create unique work based on the things that have effected me and guided me throughout my life.
Physical details of my work:
I work with paper and glue and taught myself the Quilling technique. After choosing the color, I start cutting the strips for every single form. Then the pieces are formed and glued together to create a large Mandala shape. Each finished piece can take many hours to complete. I prefer this technique and material because of its simplicity, which allows me to create a cohesive process that is filled with many details.
Describe the light in your piece:
My piece uses form and space to symbolize the light. I was inspired to create my pieces based on my desire to learn and create new geometric forms into a Mandala. Light has always had an emotional contribution to how I see and feel things. I see forms, shapes, light and shadow in nature wherever I look. I incorporate this into my work much like a tool, with several variations, and distinctive organized ideas. It represents a gradual accumulation of my life that has led me to this point and onwards. I try to invoke various aspects of my experiences and incorporate that into my process. I am hoping the viewer will feel satisfied and intrigued by what they see before them.
About Fascination: Paper Reflections
Light has always had an emotional contribution to how Ronald sees and feels the world. Combining this with his fascination with paper, Ronald taught himself the Quilling technique. This allows his work, using paper and glue, to take on bold and symmetrical shapes. Starting by cutting the strips of paper that will be used in each form, Ronald moulds each form into place, and glues them together to create a large mandala shape. Each finished piece can take up to 25 hours to complete, and consists of 600 or 700 strips of paper. The simplicity of this process has allowed Ronald to create a cohesive piece, which shines in specific details.