Ethereal paper sculptures floating inside a church
Peter Gentenaar creates paper sculptures that evoke organic forms from nature. His interest in paper comes from his earlier work as a printmaker and he creates his own paper using a machine he designed and built himself. He likens the paper he produces to the leaves on a tree or plant. Reinforced with very thin ribs of bamboo that look like the veins of a leaf, the analogy is emphasised even more. During the drying process a shrinking occurs putting a strain on the non-shrinking bamboo frame. The resulting tension creates forms that are reminiscent of a slowly curling autumn leaf.
These stunning spatial objects have an ethereal quality which is intensified when they are suspended in interesting architectural spaces as these beautiful images of his recent exhibition at the abbey church of Saint-Riquier in northern France show.