Originally from Korea, Kyu Seok Oh shapes handmade paper into everyday forms, drawing upon the diverse nature of paper to reflect the unpredictability and balance within human life. At the age of four, Oh moved to Japan with his family as illegal immigrants. These experiences as a minority in Japan and the struggle of establishing identity as an illegal immigrant are reflected in the objects Oh creates: they are full of personality and searching for belonging. With his series of sheep he is using the familiar form of the animal to mirror the range of human experience from comfort to isolation and how we inhabit shared space.
Within Oh’s series of Sheep he is using the familiar form of the animal to mirror the range of human experience from comfort to isolation and how we inhabit shared space. For the Rose Kennedy Greenway’s Chinatown Park the Sheep reflect the changing urban environment by playfully interacting with both the traditional Chinese culture and modern architecture that coexist in this location. The Sheep invite the inhabitants of the Chinatown Park to play and wander somewhere unexpected together.