There are just a few examples of Phira Rehm's work at "Embracing Cambodia: The Yearning for Home," now on display at UROC Gallery in north Minneapolis, but they show a small glimpse into some dark themes involving personal struggles, disconnection, and identity. Together with examples of traditional Cambodian paintings, carvings, and temple figures from the artist's collection, the show provides a window into one woman's relationship to a country she hasn't been to since she was an infant. [jump]
Her Indifference to My Existence also depicts a face, this time filled with anguish. The visage is partially obscured by bright-blue strokes that seem to wash over her. Perhaps it's a piece about unrequited love, or it could be a comment on the experience of being invisible in American society. Regardless of the exact meaning behind the painting, it's a striking image.
The show is definitely worth checking out, both for Rehm's artwork as well as her very interesting collection of art that she shares in the gallery. There's also a few Cambodian recipes you can take home with you.