Canadian artist, Andrew Ooi, creates art examining the convention of painting and sculpture; the appraisal of contemporary craft, art, and design; and the existence of art as part of its environment than its representation. To fulfill his objective, Ooi utilizes architecture and space as both materials and form. Paintings have physical depth; sculptures, low-relief or varied. Subject is abstract, or absent altogether. Consequently, object remains: without a traditional picture plane but with many perspectives; consisting of negative space, equally constructed, actively positive. The art lives in perpetual effect (not affect, though it certainly started this way), and is integrated (not installed) in everyday reality.

To date, Ooi’s artworks are made by hand with environmentally-conscious, specialty papers. Ooi cuts the papers into strips and units; creasing the structural components afterward. He then paints each individual piece of paper with a pattern of his devising. Ooi groups, gathers, and finally folds the painted papers along select sections, which he fits into one another by interpreting Japanese joinery and origami techniques.

Although paper will always be Ooi’s preferred medium, he has given himself berth to experimenting with other materials, especially in making his sculptural works. His illuminated objects have been published in Illuminate Contemporary Craft Lighting (Bloomsbury Publishing) and 1,000 Product Designs Form, Function, and Technology from Around the World (Rockport Publishers). He currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.