It is of no surprise that Eric Standley grew up in a household of engineers. His paper-cut artworks achieve a complexity of space that expands the traditional use of the medium. The compositions occupy upwards of 250 sheets of laser-cut archival paper and can take a year to produce. The drawings are created using CorelDraw and cut on a ULS CNC laser. Each layer of paper is drawn and cut individually. His compositions are determined consciously by removing material from each sheet of paper, and pre-visualizing the sum of the layers as line, color and space.

Eric Standley is an Associate Professor of Studio Art for the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech. He sleeps on rare occasions and dreams that with hard work and concentration he might one day become a modernist. He holds allegiance to a faith of his own construction, which is reinvented on a daily basis.



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.

I reference Søren Kierkegaard’s essay Either/Or as a metaphor for my natural attraction to paradoxes. I am dyslexic. Obsessively detailed fractions and broadly holistic concerns are consciously separated but equally vital in my work, just as Kierkegaard’s aesthetic and ethical divisions present different ways of living. There is a harmonic relationship between aesthetics and ethics that is played out in the things that I do naturally. Methodology is refuge for determination. The results are footprints; static indexes of my compulsive behavior.