Every artist has a favorite medium, and Amy Genser’s love of paper is evident throughout her work. She creates intricate designs by cutting and rolling paper in various colors and affixing the rolls to a Masonite board for a three-dimensional representation of underwater reefs. Genser’s most recent works are as unique, intricate and elegant as nature itself.
Although the majority of her works are similar in nature, each piece has its own personality—just like the real coral reefs living beneath the waves. The Connecticut-based artist spends hours and hours on each time-consuming paper artwork, as each individual component is cut and rolled by hand from mulberry paper. Her pieces range in size, but most have at least one measurement spanning several feet. Each intricate paper mural is inspired by the shapes of nature, and not just coral reefs. Genser also draws inspiration from beehives, and the organic forms of plants, rock formations, barnacles, and seaweed.
Since we last featured her work, Genser was commissioned to create a custom 150-foot mural for the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, which adds an oceanic touch to the cafeteria. Her paper murals were also on display earlier this summer in London at the Affordable Art Fair. Some of her other works are currently on display at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City through Aug. 17.
Images via Amy Genser