Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates precisely layered wood relief sculptures that are a delight to explore. Each 1/8 inch piece of laser-cut mahogany plywood stacks into an exquisite union of overlapping geometry in mandala-like forms. Recently, Schama has been placing these patterns within human silhouettes for a striking contrast.

Using his trusty laser cutter (which he named Elsie) he uses vector illustrations to define each layer. After cutting, each piece is assembled, glued and finished by hand.

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Schama began his laser-cutting journey using layers of paper (much like artist Eric Standley). In subsequent experiments he has worked with leather, acrylics and wood.

Schama’s artwork got a big boost last year from a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, which saw a number of new designs added to his shop (currently sold out until November… maybe).

For a story oriented take on laser-cut layering, see the artworks of Martin Tomsky.

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