Sai-Wai Foo

Sai-Wai Foo is an emerging artist, who began to develop her art practice 2012, her fashion design background influences and informs her current art practice; finish, construction, materials, themes and approach. Her practice primarily focuses on the manipulation and folding of cut paper, to produce volume and structure from a traditionally two-dimensional medium. Sculptural works combine these organic paper growths with other pieces of collected ephemera to create vignettes and still points in time.
In a contemporary world of mass production, the reworking yellowing pages into sculptural forms is a foil to those mechanical processes. The fragility of brittle aging paper gleaned from discarded books, manuscripts that bear marks of previous lives. The act of cutting, folding and manipulating paper beyond the flat plane, is implicit in its human connection and continues this discussion, pushing the work into the three-dimensional realms.This narrative weaves, through these crafted elements to honoring the discarded, objects rich with the patina of age, once treasured but now castoff. My practice seeks to repurpose redundant items, in turn questioning how items are used and re-used. How the unwanted can be turned it into an object that will be once again treasured, seeking to re-appropriate the rejected and imbue it with a new value once again precious and prized.

 

Once Again to Zelda

Once Again to Zelda

Mixed Media - pleated book papers, feathers, Swarovski Crystals, vintage brooches, false eyelashes, porcelain doll head, jewellery findings, synthetic pearls, silver plate champagne saucer, glue, housed in glass dome & silver plate filigree base

32 x 16 cm

Year of Print: 2017

$890.00 inc. GST

Vanitas Vanitatum

Vanitas Vanitatum

Mixed Media - Vintage book, pleated book papers, porcelain doll head, enamel paint, glue, cotton crochet doily, steel pins, housed in glass dome & silver plate base

25 x 13 cm

Year of Print: 2017

$650.00 inc. GST

Esther’s Garden

Esther’s Garden

Mixed Media - Vintage book, pleated book papers, porcelain doll head, enamel paint, glue, botanical book illustrations, steel pins, housed in glass dome.

26 x 15 cm

Year of Print: 2017

$680.00 inc. GST

Estella’s Playmates

Estella’s Playmates

Mixed Media - Vintage book, pleated book papers, porcelain doll head, enamel paint, glue, moth illustrations, steel pins, housed in glass dome & silver plate base.

Orphaned Estella adopted and raised by the Miss Havisham, had papery-winged playmates and confidants in that dusty mansion, Satis House

40 x 21 cm

Year of Print: 2017

$820.00 inc. GST

Look upon Mr Gray

Look upon Mr Gray

Mixed Media - Vintage book, pleated book papers, porcelain doll head, enamel paint, glue, ribbon, metal frame, housed in glass dome & silver plate base.

Hedonist, Dorian Gray captured behind an ornate frame, forever youthful and beautiful

30 x 21 cm

Year of Print: 2017

$680.00 inc. GST

Welcome to the Tea Party

Welcome to the Tea Party

Mixed Media - Vintage book, pleated book papers, hand cut book illustrations, linen thread, steel pins, glue, housed in glass and metal box with timber base

Alice, the Dormouse and the Hare attend the Mad Hatter's tea party played out using Sir John Tenniel's icon illustrations.

7 x 30 cm

Year of Print: 2017

$540.00 inc. GST

Good book and a Cup of Tea

Good book and a Cup of Tea

Mixed Media - Pleated book papers, hand cut book plate, steel pins, thread, glue, repousse copper demitasse cup and saucer, housed in a glass globe.

A quote by Milton celebrates the joy of a good book as it floats above a little tea cup like a puff pf steam tethered by thread and pins.

15 x 15 cm

Year of Print: 2017

$370.00 inc. GST

Every breaking wave

Every breaking wave

Sculpture - Pleated book papers, glue, ceramic doll head, enamel paint, cotton rope. Housed in a glass dome with silver plated vessel.

The sea is on this little ones mind

28 x 19 cm

Year of Print: 2017

$580.00 inc. GST

Some Shine Brighter

Some Shine Brighter

Sculpture - Pleated book papers, glue, ceramic doll head, enamel paint, cotton rope, grown sodium crystal clusters. Housed in a glass dome with silver plated filigree comport

Crystalline stars cluster like a headpiece, a shining tiara over a figure

31 x 17 cm

Year of Print: 2017

$720.00 inc. GST

All these Wonders

All these Wonders

Sculpture - Pleated book papers, glue, ceramic doll head, enamel paint, glass head pins, cotton thread, sodium crystals. Housed in a glass dome on silver plated stand.

Constellations criss-cross clouds of pleated paper and crystals

34 x 20 cm

Year of Print: 2017

$820.00 inc. GST

Midnight Stories

Midnight Stories

Sculpture - Pleated book papers, glue, ceramic doll head, enamel paint, glass head pins, cotton thread, foam core, crochet dollies, sodium crystals, silver plated vessel. Housed in a glass dome on silver plated stand.

The best stories are those that are heard at the dead of night with only the moonlight as company

40 x 20 cm

Due to being fragile please contact the gallery for purchase and postage.

Year of Print: 2017

$820.00 inc. GST

Under the same sky

Under the same sky

Sculpture - Pleated book papers, glue, ceramic doll head, enamel paint, glass head pins, cotton thread, foam core, crochet dollies, sodium crystals, silver plated egg cup. Housed in a glass dome on silver plated stand.

Net like crystal structures mimicked by the labyrinth like layer of threads that intertwine over head

36 x 26 cm

Year of Print: 2017

$920.00 inc. GST

Wander with Me

Wander with Me

Sculpture - Pleated book papers, glue, ceramic doll head, enamel paint, cotton thread, balsa wood, bamboo, cotton rag, aluminum, silver plated double handled vessel. Housed in a glass dome on silver plated dish.

Fancies of voyages across swelling seas

43 x 23 cm

Year of Print: 2017

$960.00 inc. GST

Blown off course

Blown off course

Sculpture - Pleated book papers, glue, ceramic doll head, aluminum, enamel paint, glass headed pins, cotton rag, balsa wood, bamboo, linen thread, cotton thread, painted wooden stand. Free standing. Unhoused

Doll head with a rippling mane of hair being navigated by 5 masted sailing ships

66 x 35 cm

Year of Print: 2017

$2,000.00 inc. GST

Plenty of Fish

Plenty of Fish

Sculpture - Pleated book papers, fish illustrations, map paper, plastic pearls, glue, on a silver plated footed dish housed in a glass dome.

Idioms and curio meet in this version of a waterless fish tank.[br]Due to being fragile please contact the gallery for purchase and postage.

28 x 15 cm

Year of Print: 2013

$400.00 inc. GST

Moth’s bride (second state)

Moth’s bride (second state)

Sculpture - Ceramic doll head, paint, glass bottle, beads, steel pins, floral and moth illustrations, glue silver plated stand housed in glass bell jar with stopper.

Conceived as series of small sculptural elements. These pieces explore equilibrium, the cycles of growth and decay through the use of personal iconography, found objects and illustrations from reference books.[br]Due to being fragile please contact the gallery for purchase and postage.

36 x 20 cm

Year of Print: 2014

$750.00 inc. GST

Over water and clouds

Over water and clouds

Sculpture - Vintage book papers, ceramic doll head, small silver platted vessel, housed glass and timber case with vintage map paper lining

Due to being fragile please contact the gallery for purchase and postage.

34 x 26 cm

Year of Print: 2016

$890.00 inc. GST

Remembering Georgia

Remembering Georgia

Sculpture - Enamelled painted found wallaby skull, steel pins, vintage map papers, and moth illustrations, metal stand, housed in a glass dome with a wooden base

Due to being fragile please contact the gallery for purchase and postage.

30 x 20 cm

Year of Print: 2015

$780.00 inc. GST

No fear of the Depths

No fear of the Depths

Sculpture - Pleated book papers, balsa wood, cotton rag, linen thread, bamboo, cardboard and leather

Due to being fragile please contact the gallery for purchase and postage.

27 x 35 cm

Year of Print: 2016

$850.00 inc. GST

Lady grey

Lady grey

Sculpture - recycled paper sculpture in vintage teapot in wood and glass case

Due to being fragile please contact the gallery for purchase and postage.

43 x 25 cm

Year of Print: 2015

$1,100.00 inc. GST