In your initial introduction to the work of Amy Genser unless you are one of those lucky enough to witness its brilliance in person is sort of a confusing moment. You don't quite understand how the work is created or what it represents. It is not until further investigation that you realize that the pieces are created using a combination of paper and paint. Then later you found that the pieces are a depiction of the landscape of the planet we reside, truly brilliant.
Amy began using prominently paper and paint as material in her pieces during her time at the Rhode Island School of Design after an inspirational suggestion from a professor to test the limits of paper. To create her pieces Amy utilizes an integral process treating the paper almost as a pigment, layering different colors of paper on top of each other to create a totally new colors. She then proceeds to roll layers on top of each other in all different thicknesses, sealing the rolls with acid-free and archival glue stick. Lastly, she cuts the long piece into sections with scissors or pruning shears.
Since that time at RISD, Amy has amassed a strong following and recognition for her work. Amongst those awards are the Tomas Gonda Award from Design and Social Responsibility for excellence in responsible graphic design with regard to critical social issues and the Collector’s Award.
Amy is currently exhibiting her pieces at the Bergdorf Goodmanin New York City, New York through August, so if you are in the city that never sleeps this summer definitely put this on your to do list.
Written By: Evan Edmond