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Andrew Michael Andrews is an American artist based in New York. Primarily working in cut-and-layered art paper, Andrew also occasionally dabbles in large-scale installations, digitally-manipulated photography, mixed materials and fiction.

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I'd love to apply my technique to a landscape that has special meaning to you or someone special to you! Prices vary based on size and complexity. Please contact me (address above) to discuss your interest!

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Artist Statement

I use cut-and-layered art paper to create minimally-representational low relief landscapes. My medium allows me to reduce each scene to its most critical elements by varying the level of detail between one object and another. This produces a somewhat-ambiguous result, allowing viewers to apply their own interpretation to the work.

Each depiction typically expresses my gut reaction to something or someplace that I encounter, rather than an accurate portrayal of a specific location or event.


I start by taking original digital photos of the subject I want to depict, then I use GIMP to manipulate them into an electronic collage.

After printing the resulting image, I select key features to trace onto different colors of art paper, cut along those outlines, and layer the pieces together to create a low relief.

Because the paper is already solid-colored, each color must be traced and cut separately. The number of colors used naturally affects the amount of detail that can be conveyed, and I leverage this to convey basic forms without making anything too specific. I feel that the effect is typically soft and somewhat mysterious. However, because our brains are wired to look for detail in faces, the mood ranges from unsettling to haunting when depicting humans!

Except for some details, I try to create layers "from the ground up," so the desired result can be obtained simply by standing each layer on its bottom edge, in front of the next, without permanently attaching them. This enhances the 3-D effect.

As a final step, the layers are typically glued together for permanence.