“If mathematics exists in some abstract fairyland, what is the relation between this mystical world and physical reality?” This was a question posed by the astrophysicist and author, Mario Livio, and one that has resonated with her. Her work is a means to narrate this idea of a mathematical world existing independently and these shapes being a gateway from that world into our physical environment. Creating these forms using a mixture of traditional fabrication techniques, such as woodworking and metal casting, while utilizing digital fabrication has provided a fulfilling outlet to explore this idea. Overall, she's excited by the power to create and tempted by the physical bounds that nothing can escape. What defines the object and how that can be altered until it no longer fits its parameters is something that she like to push in her work.
Raised in Phoenix, AZ, Shelby has spent the past couple years studying Mathematics and Sculpture at Arizona State University. Between her involvement in the art scene in Phoenix and her obligations to her studies, she is an avid backpacker and tries to expose herself to as much of the world as possible.
“If mathematics exists in some abstract fairyland, what is the relation between this mystical world and physical reality?”