With a limited color palette, Ooi paints studied shapes and patterns onto individual strips of handmade gampi-fiber papers, he previously cut to size. He then folds the hundreds to thousands of painted strips into each other to create artworks with multiple planes – including a front and a back, inside and outside – similar to various prehistoric textiles, vessels, and adornments. Ooi’s intentional use of paper in constructing the artifacts by hand is a contemporary evolution of the stone, sticks, and finger-painting-in-the-sand methods of long ago. "Maze" is not framed.
2017: New Primitives, BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
About Andrew Ooi
Canadian, b. 1979, Toronto, ON, Canada, based in Toronto, ON, Canada