Scrolls of Colorful Paper Meticulously Arranged Into Vibrant Organic Forms

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“Aquatic Interstellar Dream” (2018), Paper, acrylic, copper on canvas

While most artists use paint, pencil, or pastels to add color to canvas, Connecticut-based artist Amy Genser uses paper as her “pigment.” The mixed media artist explores color, texture, and pattern by arranging countless tubes of rolled paper into mesmerizing sculptural formations. Inspired by both macro- and micro-ecosystems found in nature, her works resemble clusters of cellular processes up close; and from afar, they appear like abstract aerial views of colorful landscapes and swirling oceans.

Genser constructs each paper sculpture by meticulously cutting, rolling, and layering paper scrolls in various sizes and colors. “When I discovered the layered, circular form, I loved how I could use this one simple module to create worlds of compositions,” says the artist. Whether you view the paper tubes as rock formations, sprigs of coral, moss, or barnacles, each piece is simultaneously irregular and ordered, mirroring the organic flow of nature. From systematic circular compositions in monochrome palettes to sprawling, swirling arrangements in vibrant hues, each three-dimensional piece is filled with energy and life.

Genser plans to explore dimensionality even further, by working beyond the confines of the canvas to bring her colorful paper scrolls to fill entire walls. “I’ve been looking at a lot of architecture, interior design, public art installations, museum installations,” she tells My Modern Met. “I have a vision of creating an entire space with my teeny tiny paper pieces…I want to make a paper piece environment that people can even walk through and around.”

You can keep up to date with Genser’s upcoming projects on Instagram and see more of the talented artist’s work on her website.

Amy Genser explores color, texture, and pattern by arranging countless tubes of rolled paper into mesmerizing sculptural formations.

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser
Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“The Not So Itsy Bitsy Spider” (2017), Paper and acrylic on canvas, 65 x 35 inches

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“Lunar Spin” (2016), Paper, copper, brass, aluminum and acrylic on canvas, 78” diameter

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“Along for the Ride” (2017), paper and acrylic on canvas, 96 x 42 x 4 inches

Up close her works resemble clusters of cellular processes…

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“Aqua Moon #4” (2016),paper and acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 x 3 inches

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“Black and White Squares” (2018), Paper and acrylic on masonite, 42 x 42 x 3 inches

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“Black and White Squares” (2018), Paper and acrylic on masonite, 42 x 42 x 3 inches

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“Black and White Squares”, detail (2018), Paper and acrylic on masonite, 42 x 42 x 3 inches

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“Black and White Squares”, detail (2018), Paper and acrylic on masonite, 42 x 42 x 3 inches

…from afar, her paper sculptures appear like abstract aerial views of colorful landscapes and swirling oceans.

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“Any Which Way” (2018, paper and acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 x 4 inches

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“She Met Her Match” (2017), paper and acrylic on canvas, 30 x 60 x 4 inches

Each piece is simultaneously irregular and ordered, mirroring the organic flow of nature.

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“Collecting Pebbles” (2017), Paper and acrylic on canvas, 20 x 30 x 4 inches

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“Black and White Squares” (2018), Paper and acrylic on masonite, 42 x 42 x 3 inches

Paper Sculptures by Amy Genser

“Tiny White Millions” (2018), paper and styrofoam on masonite, 4 x 6 x 3 inches

Amy Genser: Website | Facebook | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Amy Genser.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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