Cultivated Immigrants

14.00"W x 11.00"H x 0.3"D

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Melanie Kehoss


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: easter, nature, craft, pop, plants, paper, flowers, orange, symbolism, lily, calligraphy, botany, cutout

Media: rice paper, cut, gouache

Size: 14"W x 11"H x 0.25"D

Year Created: 2018

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Specific plants have come to symbolize specific celebrations, but many flowers used in "Western" holidays originated elsewhere. Lilies, associated with Easter in the West, hearken from Southern Africa (Calla Lily) and Japan (Easter Lily). As horticulture spreads, so does religious culture: Today, Christianity is practiced widely in both regions.

I earned a BA in art at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. For two years I taught foundations art at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, while working on public art in Madison and Milwaukee. I moved to Irvine, CA in 2010, where I worked as a full time artist and member of Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. I currently live in the DC area and teach at Arlington Arts Center and US Arts Center. I am VP of Membership for the Guild of American Papercutters and founder of Greater Westover Studio Tour. My work has appeared in over ninety solo and group exhibits throughout the country.

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