The Bonsack Gallery at John Burroughs School
The Bonsack Gallery presents Outside In, a solo exhibition by Diana Zeng, featuring new works that explore the different elements we welcome in from the outside world. Zeng probes the extent to which what is foreign becomes familiar, from nature to unknown cultures. The selection of works brings together vibrant large-scale oil paintings on canvas, gestural expressions on paper, and a gathering space centered around a reimagined fire pit infused with the cultural motifs of her interracial family. Zeng employs this spectrum of approaches, from the concrete to the abstract, mirroring ways in which what is found outside becomes taken in, changed, and reconstructed. Unifying her lived experiences between the American Midwest and her ancestral home in China, Zeng confronts innate reactions toward the Other, not as stranger, but as kin.