Andrew Ooi, Seasons, 2017 | 4″ x 6″ | Ink on paper

My art is about making sense of the world. It is about arranging the disparate shapes and elements I perceive environments, histories, geographies, art, artistry and human nature to be made up of into tangible systems and forms. It is about occupying these realities, ideas and interests in feeling and being, to allow meaning and its significance in the long view, to develop measuredly.

The gradual understanding is determined through an unconventional approach of common mediums, techniques and design. Handmade gampi papers, produced by the few traditionally-skilled Japanese papermakers remaining, are used to make my two-dimensional sculptures and three-dimensional paintings. From large sheets, I cut hundreds to thousands of strips to form the artworks inspired by Japanese joinery and origami. I individually crease, unfold, paint and re-fold each piece of paper by hand before assembly. Using acrylics and inks, I combine colour, pattern and shape with circles, squares and triangles to create an order as natural, primitive, and in line with, ages and civilizations well before me. Geometries rooted in nature, but meant to be exploratory and story-telling; with intentional asymmetries and inconsistencies respecting life’s mystery.

And what better to answer the question of life’s mystery but time? The time for precious papers nearing extinction to be made? For matter to be considered from all angles? Welcome accidents, new information, innovation, meditation to transpire? Time is the greatest service someone can do for another; one I hope I impart with my art.