These images are from the book ‘Hungry Planet: What the World Eats’ by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluision. The idea behind the project is “to better understand the human diet, explore what culturally diverse families eat for a week”. These portraits feature pictures of each family with a week’s worth of food purchases. To see all the different photos: Part I and Part II on time.com (There’re many different countries so there’s a good chance you’ll find a family from your own country.)
Some artists use materials related to the subjects they paint when creating art pieces, but artist Amy Eisenfeld Genser doesn’t pick up found object at her local beach when she creates her reef pieces. She takes pieces of coloured paper, rolls them up, and positions them in a way that the final outcome looks like a natural formation of barnacles or sea sponge.
Her pieces are visually mesmerizing, with a hint of something magical! It is like entering into a new world when you look at her work. The mosaic of shapes and colours created by the rolled paper, juxtaposed onto an already painted canvas, stimulates the senses. The artist herself claims her work is both irregular and ordered, using texture to mimic natural motifs.
It is amazing how paper, a material traditionally made from trees, can be manipulated to recreate the basic structures of a reef, which to some, may be considered a tree of the sea. Nature once again creates a connection within itself through art practices.