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September 25, 2016
Toy Scene Review - Israel S01E06 - Ori Gami
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Perhaps the youngest and newest Israeli to the toy scene is the artist and animator known as Ori Gami. With a background in plastic arts and experience displaying large works in architecture exhibition spaces, Ori turned into creating small figures out of necessity, after moving to a tiny Tel Aviv apartment. Her first figure, Holey (comes from the word “hole” (MECHILA), which in Hebrew is spelled the same as the word “forgiveness”), was made of polymer clay, a material highly suitable for stop motion animation. Over the past 5 years, Ori made numerous sculptures featuring Holey in various situations, which she sold directly either at art shows or to buyers contacting her on Facebook. Her first solo exhibition, opened August 2016, summarized and revisited these 5 years and displayed much larger plush Holey figures, of materials such as PVC-vinyl fabric. She is also participating in a project called “New Life” displayed at the “The Israeli Childhood Museum – a Rest Home for Toys”. The show features customized unused old toys, each brought back to life by one out of a large group of local artists.
Her plans for the near future include focusing on her stop motion animation work starring Holey as well as learning the crafts of silicon molding and casting, towards what may eventually become a serial resin production of Holey (and other) figures. We can only hope to see more of her in the future!