Paper Magic – A retrospective of Pat Genternaar-Torley’s paper art titled “Paper Magic”. The exhibition is on display from 21 February to 31 March 2009 in the Municipal Museum of the Rijswijk in the Netherlands.
This posting is of the main exhibition area. A second posting called “Paper Magic Garden exhibition Rooms” completes the posting.
For further information and more detailed views of the art see
Paper’s natural organic structure caught Pat Gentenaar- Torley’s attention in the beginning of the 70’s. Often working with fibers on a flat sheet, but sometimes working three dimensionally, she has discovered a whole world of paper. Paper is not just an image bearer, but has become the image itself.
For the organic and often watery subjects, it comes naturally for Pat to work using water and plant fiber: live subjects using live material!
After studying at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Pat moved to the Netherlands in 1971. Together with her husband Peter Gentenaar, she started exploring the many possibilities of using paper pulp to create art works.
Over the years, Pat developed a very personal technique of painting with paper fibers in an aqua solution. Using the colored pulps, Pat pours thin, often see through, layers of pulp, next to and on top of each other, shaping them as she goes along. As water drains down, Pat prefers to work with the front of the painting on the surface of the vacuum table gradually building up the pulp layers to the back, finishing with a layer of hemp pulp (for strength and longevity) followed by a layer of cotton pulp, to act as a cushion for drying on a board.
When you see the pieces, it is very hard to believe that the illustration is created with paper fibers, not with paint brush or pencils.