FOOL'S GOLD original paper collage

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Size & Details

Size & Details

Original paper collage featuring a cowgirl with sugar skull makeup turquoise, orange and gold jewel-toned western attire, including a marbled gold shirt, a hat depicting a night sky's moons and stars, and a vibrant floral brooch clasping a blood-orange hued bandana. Fool's Gold elicits the golden riches of the ground through the aquamarine depths of the ocean, up to her celestial-inspired hat, capturing that which the earth and sky wait to reveal to us. Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos style contemporary southwest art. All hand-cut paper.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 46" H x 38.25" W (framed)
  • Frame: finished in handmade salvaged tin frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with wire on back


This piece was born from the germ of a seed of inspiration. I came across the marbled gold seen in the shirt fabric in a vintage magazine and knew I had to put it to great use. It was too special to break up, as I might typically in a Vaquera’s shirt, so I decided to keep the pieces intact, using their fluid, hypnotic forms to deck out this gal in a truly one-of-a-kind western shirt.

As I continued to collect materials, her story sprung from the papers as if by chance: from the pages of a nature periodical, scenes of the ocean floor. From an anthropology journal, fragments of beautiful goldenrod and ochre patterned fabric, which now acts as the earth’s crust, separating the mottled gold riches below the ground from the deep and mysterious water world above.

At her neck, a field of flowers, the land alive between water and sky. The components of her hat unfolded organically – deep navy and teal, statement-making stars, many tiny brassy moons – creating the dark skies rolling into vibrant heavens above all of the earth and water below.

In between, a woman’s face. A woman who holds chance and fate and luck and work in her hands, altogether at once. She is steadfast, she is brave, and she is held up by all of the wonderment of nature that surrounds her.



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.

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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.

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  • 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.