Jean-François Roy lives and works in Montreal. First graduated from the School of Architecture at McGill University, in 2015 he obtained a Master of Arts degree from the UQAM School of Design for research on the application potential of origami-style folding. at the architectural scale. Jean-François has since pursued his research by producing origami sculptures of various sizes, bas-reliefs, installations and works on paper.
My artistic approach is part of the long and rich tradition of geometric folding. Following an initial interest in using origami as a space generator, I now anchor my artistic research on tectonics and the spatial characteristics of sculptures based on the principles of origami. These sculptures present to me a distinctive material poetry. The bend-induced ripple introduces a unique rhythmic pattern, which in turn provides a luminous variation full of nuances. The shape of the objects is also transformable, a dynamism that is expressed by the range of variation of deployment of folded patterns.
The inherently changing nature of geometric origami folds is one of the key topics in my artistic approach. It is, among others, this singularity which is expressed in the work «252 Variations Miroir»; which has exactly the same pattern, reproduced 252 times, but unfolded in 252 different ways. This shows the infinity of variations of possible deployment, creating a work that is both coherent and extremely varied. My creative process varies from one work to another. Sometimes I start with a movement idea, a sketch, a diagram, and then try to make that shape. But most of the time, I start without a specific goal, simply trying to develop a distinctive visual; or, by wanting to respond to specific spatial constraints. This work is done directly on the material (paper or cardboard until now), and it is during these periods of research that errors or variations appear, thus allowing the hatching of new series. The tectonic character is therefore intrinsic (and vital) to my work: it allows me to make discoveries and to push ever further the limits of geometric folding.