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Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) presents Restorative Gestures which brings together new work by DC-based artists Leslie Holt and Rose Jaffe. This exhibition aims to inspire viewers to cultivate compassion for their own interior lives and the varied experiences of others. Join us at the Opening Reception from 6-8pm for food, drinks, and the opportunity to hear the artists in conversation about the works on view.

Holt's Brain Stains, draped in the language of clinical technology, use emotionally resonant color palletes, PET scan imagery, and hand stitched text, to create expansive views of mental health conditions. A number of Holt’s works in the exhibition also draw from her personal involvement as a care-giver to her ailing parents at the end of their lives.

In a series of recent monoprints, Rose Jaffe explores her own journey of healing and thriving with stylized figures that fill the page with comfort and ease. The sensuous curves of these bodies along with growing plants and her vibrant use of color–including deep purples, bright greens, and radiant oranges–give these works a sense of jubilance and peace.

Together, the work from the two artists forms a restorative gesture that challenges common narratives of illness and recovery.

Tephra ICA at Signature is provided in partnership with Boston Properties and Bozzuto, and generously sponsored by Reston Community Center.

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Members Only Preview
February 22, 5:30pm–6pm

Join Tephra ICA for a Members Only Preview with our curatorial staff and learn more about the making of the exhibition. To become a member or learn more about our membership program, click here.

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