My work is inspired by the folding techniques of Japanese astrophysicist Koryo Miura. These techniques use a repeating set of creases to create a variety of faceted shapes, which can then be combined infinitely to create three-dimensional tessellated patterns. My interest in folded models lies within the transformation of a flat sheet of paper into an elastic and fluid paper model. It is this moment of fluidity frozen within a rigid glass form which fascinates me most. Using the optical properties of white glass, I am able to create a surface which is reminiscent of paper, yet retains the unique properties of glass.
Nisha Bansil received a BFA in Printmaking from the State University of New York, New Paltz in 2001. In 2011, she was an artist-in-residence, along with Dan Mirer, at the Corning Museum of Glass. In 2016, Bansil was an artist-in-residence at the Bullseye Resource Center New York. She lives and works in New York.