Deep Roots: Ornamentation and Identity

Deep Roots: Ornamentation and Identity features the work of artists Kuzana Ogg, Cecilia Paredes, Daisy Patton, Helice Wen, and Helen Zughaib. Visual storytelling is one of the crucial methods rooting contemporary lives in the past. This collection of mixed media pieces utilizes rich patterns and textures to represent important layers of identity. Each artist hails from a unique background and weaves the story of their living memory with the traditions of ornamentation characteristic of their heritage.

Deep Roots accompanies Fleeting Pleasures, the historic exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints on loan from the Georgia Museum of Art. These contemporary reflections on traditional patterns and modes of ornamentation uniquely counterpoint the beloved ukiyo-e works on view.

Deep Roots was organized by Susquehanna Art Museum and curated by Director of Exhibitions Lauren Nye. Thank you to our generous Lehr Gallery Season Sponsors: Anne M. & Philip H. III Glatfelter Foundation and The Carole DeSoto Foundation.

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Exhibition Details

Date: October 8, 2022 – January 22, 2023

Gallery: Beverlee and Bill Lehr Gallery

Lehr Gallery Season Sponsors:

The Carole DeSoto Foundation
Anne M. & Philip H. III Glatfelter Foundation

KUZANA OGG

Kuzana Ogg was born in Bombay, India, and later immigrated with her parents to England and New York City. After graduating from Purchase College, State University of New York, Ogg moved to South Korea, spending the next six years teaching English in historic Kyung Ju. Upon returning to the United States, she lived in California before settling in New Mexico. Her ethereal abstract paintings are inspired by the sensory memories of her childhood and extensive travels. The principles that govern her aesthetic are balance and restraint. She has participated in international artist residencies, and her paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.

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HELICE WEN

Helice Wen is a Chinese American artist. She was born and raised in Shen Zhen, China. She moved to San Francisco at age 14 where she currently lives and works. Wen received a BA Illustration degree from Academy of Art University, San Francisco. After illustrating several children’s books, she switched her focus to gallery work. Her work has been exhibited in galleries both nationally and internationally. Through her work, Wen uses figures and floral patterns to narrate the intimate, vulnerable, and sensibilities in everyday life.

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CECILIA PAREDES

Cecilia Paredes explores the theme of identity through ethereal “photo performances” where she camouflages her body against beautifully patterned backdrops and disappears amongst the ornamentation. She studied Fine Arts at the Catholic University of Lima and Cambridge Arts in the United Kingdom. Paredes lived and worked in Costa Rica from 1998 to 2004 and represented the country at the 51st Venice Biennial. She now splits her time between Lima, Peru and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work is in numerous collections, including the Museo del Barrio, New York; San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Panama.

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HELEN ZUGHAIB

Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She resided in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art at Syracuse University, earning her BFA from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Zughaib currently lives and works in Washington, DC. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Lebanon. Her paintings are included in many private and public collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, US Consulate General in Vancouver, American Embassy in Baghdad, the Arab American National Museum in Detroit, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

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DAISY PATTON

Daisy Patton is a multi-disciplinary artist born in Los Angeles, California. She spent her childhood moving between California and Oklahoma, deeply affected by these conflicting cultural landscapes and the ambiguous absences within her family. Currently residing in Massachusetts, Patton received an MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, and a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Oklahoma. Patton’s paintings are in public and private collections such as the Denver Art Museum, Fidelity Investments Art Collection, and Delta Airlines. Minerva Projects Press published Broken Time Machines: Daisy Patton, a book with essays and poetry on Patton’s practice in 2021.

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Member’s Preview Event

Friday, October 7, 2022
5:00 – 7:00 pm

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Friday, January 20, 2023
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