Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser-Cut Paper by Eric Standley and inspired by geometry from Gothic and Islamic architectural ornamentation.
Virginia-based artist Eric Standley brings a whole new meaning to the term “cutting edge” with his methodical stained glass windows created entirely from laser-cut paper. Standley stacks well over 100 sheets for many of his pieces which involve months of planning, drawing, and assembly. The artist says his inspiration comes from the geometry found in Gothic and Islamic architectural ornamentation which he somewhat jokingly calls “folk math.”
“When I travel or visit galleries and museums, I am attracted to artifacts and structures that are constructed from reverence and obsession; beacons of when faith extends human capabilities to extraordinary levels. I find myself searching for evidence of impossibilities surpassed. My curiosity is trumped by my constant need to create and, admittedly, to orchestrate a composition to my partiality.
My work is inspired by geometry from Gothic and Islamic architectural ornamentation in an attempt to capture a reverence for the infinite. I am interested in the conceptual migration from the permanence and massiveness of stone to the fragility and intimacy of paper.” – Eric Standley
Eric Standley draws his themes from Islamic and Gothic architecture and art, formed in the 12th century. The technique he follows for the “building” of his works does not differ from that of the ancient craftsman other than he uses lasers in the place of the chisel and hammer. Eric’s work consists of successive layers of intricately cut paper sheets utilizing a laser, thus creating a multifaceted, rich, colorful ensemble. The result is so complex and detailed that the works should be examined from multiple perspectives to be fully appreciated. The bold determination to shift from the permanence and massiveness of stone and the material allure of glass to the instability and familiarity of paper is rewarded by the induced pleasure stimulated while gazing at the work. It is not the quality of the raw material that makes art, but the art that gives quality to the raw material.
Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser-Cut Paper by Eric Standley and inspired by geometry from Gothic and Islamic architectural ornamentation: