Dena Kahan

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The painting practice of Dena Kahan aims to subvert our natural inclination for order and perfection. Using museum collections as subject matter for still life painting, such as the world famous collection of glass botanical specimens in the Harvard Museum, Kahan introduces ambiguities of scale, space and reflection to undermine the clear containment of the museum case. In doing so, she transforms museum objects into a kind of substitute romantic landscape, hinting at the awe of the natural wor ld.