ASCENDING RHYTHM I original paper collage


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Size & Details

Size & Details

Large-scale abstract paper collage in a beautiful array of blues and coral tones crafted from layers of hand-cut papers in themes from the natural world: look closely and you'll find hidden animals throughout the piece. Get lost in this expansive shape and find calm and zen as you contemplate. You can follow more works in Dolan's contemporary collection here.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: Full-Scale 51" H x 51" W | Mini 26" H x 26" W
  • Frame: contemporary grey wood frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with D-rings on back


Many of Dolan Geiman's paper collages take inspiration from patterns found in nature. In Ascending Rhythm, the piece's movement & detail evoke the undulating & meditative rhythm found in the many rivers covering the landscape of the west. The piece is an invitation to be absorbed into the calming effect of these natural rhythms. An extra layer of curiosity exists in the unique papers used to create the piece, as well as their source - as many images were pulled from vintage magazines and science texts once bound for the landfill. Take a moment to explore this calming collage and see if you can find the connecting elements throughout.



Each Dolan Geiman collage is crafted from hand-cut vintage papers sourced over decades of exploration and careful categorizing, held dearly until the perfect piece arrives to claim their colors and texture. Learn more about the making of paper collages here.

Limited Series

Limited Series

Each work in Dolan Geiman’s portfolio is unique and hand-crafted. Works indicated with “limited series” are reiterations of a recurring theme or concept.

A Certificate of Authenticity is available upon request.

  • Each piece in a limited series is created with an inimitable collection of found materials: no two are exactly alike, although they may look similar at a glance.
  • Details, colors, specific materials, typography and frame will differ from work to work.

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Dolan Geiman Paper Collages

Dolan's signature paper collage artwork celebrates America's West and Southwest. Color, composition, and detail come to life in hand-cut vintage materials, many salvaged in Dolan's cross-country travels.

Creating the original collage starts with a wood panel. Dolan pulls vintage sheet music from his vast collection and applies these to the wood, first with glue, then with a top layer of whitewash paint. In many prints, this background layer of sheet music peeks through.

Next, Dolan draws the outline for the original collage in graphite atop the sheet music.

Dolan returns to his extensive trove of collected papers – think magazines, antique textbooks, handwritten letters salvaged from abandoned farmsteads - and begins pulling the ideal colors for the piece. He cuts each piece of material by hand and carefully layers into the artwork. These collages are carefully crafted from thousands of small papers: no two are exactly alike.

Dolan's paper collages are finished in a handmade frame constructed from salvaged metal or a modern, minimal wood or metal frame.