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THE TECHNIQUE OF CREATING RELIEFS


The technique to create the paperreliëfs is developed by the artist himself. He started out on a small format but enlarged his scale later on to the maximum format possible. Because large parts are cut out of the paper, the structure that holds the paper will eventually collapse. This fact sets limits to the used technique.

All the different layers that a paperreliëf consist of, are cut out by hand. The upper sheet is the most cut out, since the second layer is (sometimes) partially folded upwards, through the first sheet. Van Swigchem made the most complex paperreliëfs from 1990-1992, works that consisted out of 4 and sometimes even 7 layers. This technique asks for a very deep concentration and a steady hand. The smallest connection that links the paper is not more than 2 mm!

First every sheet is cut out, then it is folded. In this last stage one can deviate from the initial concept, because with the folding, the folding direction can be altered for every level.

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The glass objects are consisted of strips that lean on each other, so they stand loosely, disjointed; all by themselves. Because of the ingenious constructions the objects stay balanced. The works are based on the physical law of pressure and counter-pressure.