| BENEATH THE SURFACE
Rock Paper Threads
An exhibition/symposium on/of paper
Amy Eisenfeld Genser
March 6 – April 3, 2003
The exhibition’s goal is to focus attention upon
paper’s inherent plasticity and flexibility –
From pulp to formed sheet, paper can be molded, torn,
cut, folded, printed, pasted and recycled; the possibilities
are limitless. And although paper has primarily been
used as a means for storing information and used widely
in printing writing and drawing, once it is molded and
manipulated into 3-dimensional shapes, mathematical
solids, constructions, book forms, garments, even flying
machines paper becomes transposed. It has undergone
an alchemical transmutation into a three dimensional
arena where everything becomes possible.
Michelle Benoit begins her pieces by collecting artifacts,
objects and ephemera that represent time. And for her,
time exists through the present moment, through memory,
or derived from the physicality of place. She shapes
works that seek to alter chronological sequence of things
and to reassess associations with particular objects.
Through these investigations, she realigns certain images/ideas
in ways that shift perceptions of time as a linear event
into a realm of simultaneity in which the past, present,
and future exist in the same moment.
Suzi Cozzens is a chef turned graphic designer and
uses papermaking as a way to stay in touch with the
essence of a direct hands on experience. She describes
the papermaking process in terms of those skills that
are required as analogous to those essential in preparing
and cooking a meal. For her it is a visceral experience
and one that invites the audience to explore along with
her those nuances that come from creating paper and
objects about paper.
Amy Eisenfeld Genser uses paper to explore and address
her fascination with texture, color, pattern and form.
Her works seek to capture essences of things –
the flow of water, the shape of a beehive, the organic
irregularity found in rock formations, moss and seaweed,
the structure of books, man-made patterns in the landscape
and mathematical grids. She creates a dynamic fusion
of those elements as they become redefined as expressions
of her delight in the revelation of each new transformation.
As a printmaker, Lynne Johnson has worked often with
the collagraph process and is drawn to those textures
inherent in the plate building process. Collagraph is
a process of constructing printing surfaces from collaged
materials, which are then inked and printed as an etching.
Her work has mined the riches of collagraphs’
ability to use one material to suggest another and through
these investigations her work has evolved into large
scale environmental pieces that seek to introduce natural
surfaces into human-occupied spaces. Her work invites
us to pay attention to boundaries between meaning and
idea, spaces between public and private while manipulating
disparate but related elements of soft and pliant and
hard and strong.
Gunta Kaza recycles worn dishcloths, old books, reweaves
bits paper into haunting stories that reflect her history
as a women, reveal her connections to her past and her
identity as an immigrant to the United States. Using
papermaking, bookmaking, photography, sculpture, and
exhibition, she seeks personal revelations and tries
to reveal the hidden meaning and the inner truth in
the mundane, the ordinary.
California based artist Michele Levesque works with
the cast-offs and leftovers of both her life and the
lives of those around her, building works that tell
stories, reveal memories and create histories. Autobiographical
in nature, these installations allow her the opportunity
to look deeper into her daily routines and experiences,
reassess conversations with those around her and ultimately
document her life by making tangible those memories
and histories that shape her life.