Alice Oh – Art & Life

Red Star P.C.P. no. 1. Alice Oh, silkscreen. Courtesy Free Library of Philadelphia Print & Picture Collection

Red Star P.C.P. no. 1. Alice Oh, silkscreen. Courtesy Free Library of Philadelphia Print & Picture Collection

Alice Oh is a painter and printmaker whose silkscreen print, Red Star P.C.P. no. 1 is part of Philagrafika’s Philadelphia Invitational Portfolio 2003 in the collection of the Free Library Print & Picture Collection. Part of her current body of work, the print is based on examining blood cells and virus cells through a microscope. When Oh was in graduate school at Yale, she was hospitalized at the end of her first year. Her doctor showed her a microscope slide of her own blood, which became her subject and theme for the next several years.

While the image appears abstract, that is because we are not familiar with looking at blood cells at the micro level. Her work presents the natural world, and in fact, our bodies, in an unfamiliar way. In working with this theme, Oh focuses on a single color, red, and pursues her images through variations of color saturation and combinations of circles and ovals.

Red Star P.C.P. no. 1, detail. Alice Oh, silkscreen. Courtesy Free Library of Philadelphia Print & Picture Collection

Red Star P.C.P. no. 1, detail. Alice Oh, silkscreen. Courtesy Free Library of Philadelphia Print & Picture Collection

Her print from this portfolio was exhibited in the International Print Center of New York’s New Prints Spring/2004. She is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (2000) and a Leeway Foundation Grant

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