Whether it's man-made or sourced directly from nature, the language of art transforms mere materials into something expressive and thought-provoking. Fascinated with patterns from Islamic architecture, Art Nouveau and Buddhist mandalas, Oakland, California based artist Gabriel Schama created this gorgeous series of sculptures out of laser cut wood.
Using both digital and manual methods, Schama crafted these lovely pieces using 1/8-inch pieces of mahogany plywood, laser-cut on a machine that was funded by a Kickstarter campaign, which offered limited editions of these works as rewards.
Schama then glues each pre-cut layer on, one on top of the other, to create a wonderful relief effect, giving these patterns three dimensional life.
Schama's explorations into this kind of sculpture began with smaller paper cuts that he layered into colourful artworks full of depth and sharp graphic quality. These smaller works would often take him weeks to complete by hand using only an Exacto knife. Hoping to make art full-time, he wanted to expand into bigger works, using an automated method, and Schama also wanted to be able to rent an art studio instead of working out of his living room. Thanks to his supporters, he was able to realize his dream.
We love the bold simplicity of Schama's art, and it's a great story that demonstrates the power of crowdfunding, and the importance of chasing after one's aspirations, no matter what. To see more, you can check out Gabriel Schama's website and shop.