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Join exhibited artist Stephanie Shih from 開花結果 Open Flowers Bear Fruit as she discusses her work in an informal and intimate gallery conversation.

Guests are invited to attend an intimate "Meet the Artist" reception following the conversation.


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6:30-7:30 PM : Artist Talk

7:30-8:30 PM : Reception



More about the exhibition:


開花結果 Open Flowers Bear Fruit presents 10 photographs from Stephanie Shih’s ongoing series Asian American Still Life. Through her references to 17th century Dutch still life paintings, Shih’s visually rich and detailed photographs remind viewers of the complex history of objects and food. Upon viewing the photographs, visitors may contemplate reaching through the surface of the paper to grab hold of a donut or a bite of mochi. However, the richest reward in spending time with Shih’s series is to consider the complexity of the Asian American experience as it has manifested in the foods we eat and the things that remind us of home. Shih’s passion in telling Asian American stories through her selection of objects and foods is particularly compelling, as is her specific interest in collaborating with the artists who create the ceramics and foods featured in her still life photographs. From November 9, 2022, until March 12, 2023, please stop by our Annex Gallery to see Shih’s work in person.



More about the Artists:

Stephanie Shih is a still life photographer, known for her painterly use of shadow applied to playful perspectives on food. Shih started making photographs with her dad’s half-frame camera on childhood road trips, but only took up photography seriously later in life while in graduate school. At the time, she moonlighted working as a caterer. Translating the experience of food to the visual image has been a driving through line of her work ever since.

As a second generation Taiwanese-Chinese American, Shih explores themes of cultural dynamics and the human condition —belonging, alienation, appropriation, celebration—through her still life photographs. Shih’s photography has been featured in print outlets including Elle Girl Korea, 7×7, and Gastronomica, Buzzfeed, and Los Angeles Times online, on Gourmet Live, Bon Appetit, Saveur, and Fine Cooking.

Shih lives in Los Angeles, where, when not in the studio or kitchen creating, she is a professor at University of Southern California.



Covid Safety Protocols:

We strongly recommend wearing a mask covering the nose and mouth for all visitors (2+) regardless of vaccination status while indoors.

Please practice social distancing from others not in your party.

Please stay home if you are feeling ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

Please note the above is subject to change in accordance with Los Angeles County, City of Pasadena, and USC Health guidelines.


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