Jan Willem van Swigchem

Jan Willemvan Swigchem’s paper art creations are mathematically inspired and very precisely executed. People often do not believe they are handmade. By inspecting them closely  one will see minimal imperfections. His art is purely intuitively conceived.

Jan Willem van Swigchems papierkunstcreaties worden wiskundig geïnspireerd en zeer nauwkeurig uitgevoerd. Mensen geloven vaak niet dat ze handgemaakt zijn. Door ze nauw te inspecteren zal men de minimale onvolkomenheden zien. Zijn kunst is puur intuïtief bedacht.

Interaction of light and shadow and form.  Jan Willem is fascinated by point, line, plane, rhythm, light & shadow. Combining these elements, the possibilities are practically endless.

Jan Willem is gefascineerd door punt, lijn, vlak, ritme, licht & schaduw. Door deze elementen te combineren, zijn de mogelijkheden bijna eindeloos.

There is no lack of inspiration! The observer is drawn into the work and is triggered to become actively involved in it. The question is what one is actually seeing and it is fascinating to try and figure it out.

Er is geen gebrek aan inspiratie! De waarnemer wordt in het werk getrokken. De vraag is wat men eigenlijk ziet en het is fascinerend om dit uitzoeken.

Artist statement:

“Nature is a great source of inspiration in my work. The way a river finds its way into the landscape, tree bark, leaves, insects, the beauty of nature mesmerizes me. I can look at these things for hours. I can get lost in their forms. If only you look thoroughly and long enough, a tree bark becomes a ravine or you can wander in a snail’s shell. The only thing you have to do is to imagine yourself bigger or smaller compared to the object. By expanding your visual field, you explore the limits of a phenomenon. Then you discover pattern and rhythm in the chaos of colours and unexpected figures. It all depends on the way you look at it.

Precisely that is the main theme of my work, the place of the observer, the incidence of light, the texture, the many layers of form and colour, they all contribute to the fact that the artwork changes all the time, a game of distances and proportions to intrigue the observer.”