Fiber artist Peter Gentenaar creates three-dimensional, organic sculptures out of two-dimensional paper.  He starts by beating the paper pulp for very long time, creates a single sheet of paper from the pulp, and reinforces it with thin ribs of bamboo.  The paper shrinks up to 40% during the drying process, putting incredible force on the non-shrinking bamboo reinforcements.  The tension creates the beautiful, curling shapes that are then suspended in air.  Gentenaar says of his work, “The simplicity of the material, which is the carrier, the color, the texture and the form, all together, make working with it wonderful and direct.” The sculptures pictured below were exhibited at the Festival of Saint-Riquier in France.

Lay Mystere de papier by Peter Gentenaar, 2011

Lay Mystere de papier by Peter Gentenaar, 2011

Lay Mystere de papier by Peter Gentenaar, 2011

For more on Peter Gentenaar, click here.  For more on the Saint-Riquier Somme-Bay Festival, click here.

-Jayme Catalano