Anela Ming-Yue Oh

Anela Ming-Yue Oh

About The Artist

Anela Ming-Yue Oh • Gatlinburg, TN

Anela Ming-Yue Oh is a multidisciplinary artist with a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She uses materials that have a life of their own such as clay, paper, and fiber to feed her studio practice and create environments full of hope. As a mixed race artist of Malaysian Chinese descent, her visual language draws from her heritage as a reminder that there are reservoirs of strength we can draw upon from those who have passed away to imagine and construct new futures.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My work draws on the process of Malaysian batik (wax resist), by translating it into line work with a 3D pen, clay, or paper blowouts. In the studio I work wet to dry: weaving materials together until I find a balance. I utilize hand papermaking processes such as blowouts where wet sheets of paper have a stencil placed upon them and then all excess pulp is blown away with a hose.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

When you work with multiple materials they provide never-ending combinations and experimentation. I am particularly in love with the similarities between processes in clay and paper and how I can keep transforming a visual language across mediums. Papermaking specifically feels incredibly generative for me as there are little expectations of sculptural paper and endless properties that allow for constant discovery.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I went to Interlochen Arts Academy, an arts boarding high school. This put me in community with many young artists working across disciplines such as: music, dance, film, writing, as well as visual arts. Last year a friend and fellow alumni of this program Mei Yoshimura Stone and I were able to collaborate in the studio, working between papermaking/3D pen and Baroque flute. I am excited to continue to develop this particular collaboration and also start working more with artists across disciplines.