Study for The White Maze
April 04, 2005
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA; Galerie Thérèse Dion, Montréal, QC; Private collection
Photographic Installation, Chromogenic print, Models

A photographic wallpaper (dimensions variable) of a non-repeating composite pattern of artificial leaves.

Chromogenic print, 48 x 84"


Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Cambridge, MA, 2008
Esther Choi & Jeanie Riddle, Galerie Thérèse Dion, Montréal, QC, 2007
Group Show, Galerie Thérèse Dion (Espace 2), Montréal, QC, 2007
Décalage, The Parisian Laundry, Montréal, QC. Curator: Jeanie Riddle, 2005

Study for The White Maze

Mazes are heterotopic spaces of indeterminacy. Neither here nor there, they render placelessness and disorientation a perpetual condition of a participant's identity. Bound to neither geography nor locational specificity, they are pure spaces of otherness. Yet mazes are still rooted in and understood through psychological, perceptual and physiological processes. They do not erase identity. Rather, they offer space for different subjectivities to unfold and emerge through exploration.

As an endless wallpaper of variable dimensions, Choi created the composite image of The White Maze by first painting artificial plants to produce a layer of abstraction. This source material was photographed in numerous arrangements with a large format camera, scanned and digitally "hand woven" to create a seamless surface, without the use of photo stitching software. The intent was to form a non-repeating pattern, producing a continuously novel perceptual experience.


Harvard Graduate School of Design
The Parisian Laundry, Montréal, QC