Andrew Ooi, ‘Maze’, 2016, BoxHeart

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.

Series: IOI OOI New Primitives

Image rights: 2016, Andrew Ooi

2017: New Primitives, BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh PA

About Andrew Ooi

Canadian, b. 1979, Toronto, ON, Canada, based in Toronto, ON, Canada