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Amy Genser’s Expansive, Abstract Topographies: A New Series on Larger Canvases

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All images © Amy Genser, shared with permission

If you’re ever in Hartford, Connecticut, be sure to check out the work of artist Amy Genser. Her primary material is mulberry paper rolled into tight cylinders, which she nestles into colorful masses that trail into seas of acrylic paint. Whether on canvas, PVC, or another base, the dense compositions sprawl in every direction and peek over the edges in small ridges.
Genser had expanded the size of her pieces since moving to a larger studio about four years ago when she began working on a larger canvas. Her most recent series depicts vast topographies translated into abstract shapes by twisting and branching roots and coral reefs. She’s worked on everything from architectural projects to exterior wall sculptures that measure several feet in length, freestanding pieces, and a site-specific installation called “Shifting.” On view at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts—see photos of her working process for creating the enormous piece on Instagram.
According to Genser, whether it’s a small figurine or an enormous installation, each item reflects on climate change and utilizes tiny, dyed coils to highlight Earth’s natural beauty.

My work is strongly linked to environmentalism. I’m inspired by the Earth and Solar System, utilizing natural materials in my art. Mulberry paper, produced from the regenerative branches of a mulberry tree, is primarily used in my paintings. I have trouble rationalizing the use of materials when I’m trying to protect our natural resources. I’m using more “stuff” in my work by adding new fabrics. I do all that I can to avoid the use of non-natural substances.

For more of Genser’s complicated creations, have a look at her extensive collection.

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