Have you ever entered an imposing gothic church and felt absolutely overwhelmed by its beauty and by a feeling of reverence inspired by the lacelike work on stone and stained-glass windows? On the other hand, have you ever visited a Moorish palace and found yourself standing in awe, staring at the incredibly elaborate and exquisite decoration of walls, windows and patios? Inevitably, this makes us wonder at the amazing genius, creativity and artistic skills of mankind and, particularly, of all those involved in the building of such admirable sites.
Each of Standley’s works first goes through a long and detailed process of planning and drawing which can take months to be completed. He, then, works over one hundred layers of laser-cut paper, painstakingly assembled to create intricate 3-D art pieces that must be viewed from different perspectives to be fully
As a dyslexic constantly switching the left and right hemispheres of his brain, Eric Standley has been particularly attracted by paradoxes. Gothic and Islamic ornamentation patterns offer him this sort of eternally opposing either/or contrasts that so much fascinate him. Moreover, his extremely beautiful and exquisite creations seem to have the capacity to seize the infinite, in so far as they give viewers the feeling that they are never-ending in their multi-layered volume and depth, achieved by what is commonly called negative space.
In fact, Standley’s mind-blowing creations ultimately generate in viewers the very same feeling of reverence and awe inspired by Gothic churches and Moorish palaces, while also pushing the limits of paper art to a new and challenging status.