Extended Relationships exhibit


An exhibition that crosses borders and celebrates diversity

Staff Report



Leah Wong working on the exhibit installation.


Submitted photo

The Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center is proud to announce the opening of the Extended Relationships exhibit. Featuring the woris of artists, Elsie Sanchez, Barbara Vogel, Leah Wong, this exhibition crosses borders and celebrates diversity.

Located at 825 Gallia Street, the Museum will be hosting the exhibit from April 21 until June 23.

The artists will be hosting a gallery talk from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, followed by an opening reception.

This exhibition that illustrates creativity has no boundaries. Three artists, all women, born in different countries, each with her own mother tongue, find themselves in Columbus, Ohio. Working in three different media- oil paint, cut paper, and photography mixed media, they find common ground in creativity, art making, and processes.

While their work is easily contrasted, similarities in disposition, use of iconography, and subliminal clues found within their artwork run throughout. All of their works offer a duality- the surface and form that greet us, yet each having a much deeper conversation, an undercurrent, found just below the surface.

Sanchez, born and raised in Cuba, immigrated to the U.S. with her parents at the age of 9. Her work involves the use of multiple, detailed layers of oil paint on her canvasses, playing off the fabric’s weave and creating cloth-like compositions which are at once disconcerting and calm.

Vogel, a native of Ohio, is a photographer. Using a digital wand, Vogel uses multiple layers of oils and encaustic over the digital images she produces, creating deep, haunting images that are both beautiful and unsettling.

Wong, born in Qingdao, China, and immigrating to the U.S. in 1993, is heavily influenced by the traditional Chinese cut paper art form. She applies intricate cuts to paper, creating extraordinary paper cutouts and sculptural shapes. Wong’s cut paper shapes are influenced by water- including the reflections, the insect life teeming on the surface, and the fish below. Wong has also constructed a new installation for the Museum, made of cut paper and wood which, symbolically, refers to personal space and borders that demonstrate the strength and vitality of the human spirit.

The interconnectivity of their work gives the exhibit an overall cohesiveness, while each artist retains their unique, individual voice. Each of the three artists have stretched their respective media, though the organic, linear, and color relationships which binds the work together.

This exhibition is made possible with a generous grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

The Southern Ohio Museum is admission free, always! For more information, visit www.somacc.com.

Leah Wong working on the exhibit installation.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/04/web1_IMG_0678201742513195476.jpgLeah Wong working on the exhibit installation. Submitted photo
An exhibition that crosses borders and celebrates diversity

Staff Report