Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates mesmerizing, laser-cut wood relief sculptures that feature layers of intricate swirls and abstract patterns. A myriad of geometric lines and ancient symbols take the shape of human silhouettes and mandala-like designs. Some pieces look like the pulsing inner cogs of a mechanical clock, while others resemble ornate, cathedral ceilings. Schama’s most recent Spring 2018 collection continues to impress, and includes one of his largest creations to date, titled Pachamama (40″ x 40″).
When Schama first started creating art he worked exclusively in paper, using an X-Acto knife to meticulously carve his intricate designs. However, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Schama was able to buy his own laser-cutting machine—that he lovingly calls Elsie—and he’s never looked back. Schama explains, “Together we try to pursue the outer limits of abstract kaleidoscopic weirdness.”
Each piece begins as layers of vector illustrations that are then laser-cut into wood and glued together by hand. While most of the limited edition pieces are finished with a clear stain to bring out the natural wooden tones, Schama also experiments by painting some pieces white, resulting in wooden forms that resemble works of elaborate paper quilling art.
If you love these laser-cut wood sculptures, Schama’s latest collection is currently on sale via his website. But hurry—once they’ve sold out they won’t be remade.