What at a first glance might look like Gothic stained glass windows, are actually Eric Standley’s paper creations. Currently based in Virginia, the artist uses a laser to meticulously cut out the patterns in thousands of layers of paper which are then all put together.

Eric’s work begins by drawing a design on a paper, so that he could plan how to cut each of the sheets. The artist then interlaces the positive and negative spaces of the cut outs to create a stunning 3D effect.

Eric also works as an an Associate Professor of Studio Art and the Foundations of Art and Design Coordinator for the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech. Combine these jobs with the insanely time-consuming paper cutting process, and you’ll get why the artist says he only “sleeps on rare occasions.” 

As he puts in his statement, Eric “holds allegiance to a faith of his own construction, which is reinvented on a daily basis”, and hopes that one day he might become a modernist.

Website: ericstandley.30art.com