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DAISY CHAINS

In the fall of 2017, Ouizi participated in a week-long residency at Siena Heights University's Studio Angelico. For the residency she created a 360 degree wrap around mural on the walls of the Klemm Gallery.

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CONCEPT

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Detroit CITY WALLS

The original concept for Daisy Chains came from a site specific installation for the City of Detroit during a project called "City Walls"

The design is based off of a beaded necklace popular in the 90's that is made with a "daisy chain stitch" . The term daisy chain can also refer to a wreath or crown made of actual daisies, both ideas serve as strong symbols of youth and femininity for the artist.

For the City Walls Mural Project, each artist was provided with several wall options. Ouizi chose a very long and short wall which would be viewed from a distance for short bursts due to it's location on the side of two busy freeways, I-75 and I-94. She took these limitations into consideration and created something that could be visually understood in an instant and fit the dimensions of the wall.

For the residency at Studio Angelico, she chose to recreate the Daisy Chain installation but with an entirely different approach. This iteration would be carefully executed with subtle detail that could be appreciated up close, the opposite of the City Walls mural. In order to translate it into an interior space for a gallery, the artist turned towards Sol Lewitt's wall drawings for inspiration. Students from the university's art department were enlisted to help with the installation, in a similar way to Lewitt's wall drawings. Students followed simple instructions to create these flower "icons" and painted alongside the artist through out the week.

Bookmarking the flower icons were two different elements, bouquet murals done in the artist's iconic free flowing style. In contrast to the icons, these two murals were gestural with emphasis on the brush work and balanced composition.

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ICONS

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DETAILS

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INSTALLATION

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