From her exhibition "Femine Abstractions" last summer to her installation “Mediterranean Sea Scroll,” there is both an exuberance and a transitory feeling to Ossman’s work – the spirit of the traveler, both the physical and the emotional aspects – infuses it. And, these works are also powerfully enriched through Ossman’s vibrant cultural and societal exploration in anthropology.
Ossman is preoccupied with space. Both physical and metaphorical. The work has a strong sense of place, but at the same time, the depictions of fabric produce a feeling of impermanence and shape‑shifting evocative of transient lives where landscape, language and a sense of self are forever being renegotiated...The inclusion of text in several languages leads us to perceive it primarily as a visual and conceptual cipher for language itself with its potential for creating parallel universes and shifts of meaning in translation.
Overall the palette is warm and consistent throughout, not of goldenrod but of turmeric, that shifts to a spring green and aqua. There are hints at form, their compositional placement a fuzzy impressionist suggestion of fence or open-air landscape. The color moves like plumes. Her painting weaves in and out, subtle hints of depth through contrast of the stroke and blend of paint. The brush work has a linear quality which the artist moves across the picture plane as if waving a wand
Jacqueline Bell Johnson
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