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Origami-inspired art takes flight in Norman exhibit

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Origami has migrated across cultures for centuries, and a new exhibit Norman examines how the art of paper folding has nested in the minds of local artists.

The Dreamer Concepts Foundation is exploring how local artists integrate origami into their own style with an exhibition titled "Migration "¦ the Origami Experience," which opened last week and runs through April 26 in the site's gallery at 324 E. Main in Norman.

The exhibit's guest curator, Ana Calhoun, became interested in origami after living in Japan for nine months. She and the foundation's executive director, Amber Clour, decided that submissions need not adhere to the strict guidelines of the ancient art, allowing contributing artists to showcase their own unique styles and imagery.

RECYCLING
The gallery's directors encouraged the use of as many recycled and ecologically minded paper products as possible, according to Clour.

"We're thinking about old maps, sheet music "? things that you readily discard," she said.

Repetition is what makes origami artistic, Calhoun said. Folding and refolding can seem monotonous, but for those who enjoy it, the method can be similar to meditating.

"Someone who knows how to do it takes longer because it's a spiritual process," artist Jerrod Smith said. "You need precision and to be able silence yourself long enough to get through that process."

"?Charles Martin

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