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Visual Decadence by Zeinab Saab

Southeast Gallery


  • Dates: February 27 – March 22

Visual Decadence is an homage to the visual history of the SWANA (South West Asian and North African) region and its contributions to design. The art and architecture from this area are formal, ornate, and visually decadent. Just like our visual history, this body of work is not just an homage to the grid, form, and color, it is the visual manifestation of indulgence, and how that lineage is shape-shifting on a different territory and timeline. This body of work uses formal tools of the past to disrupt the present and challenges Western notions and constructs of the term “decorative”. It is intended to display how these elements have personal significance to the artist and how they can form their own visual language and identity.

Additional Programming

Opening reception with the artist
  • Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • 4-6pm

Celebrate color progressions in gouache on a large and small scale, iterative and cumulative. Set within the comfortable and intimate lounge area of the Southeast Art Gallery, get up close and personal with this work. Music and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

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Regress: Color and Grids – A Workshop with Artist Zeinab Saab


  • Tuesday, March 14, 2023
  • 12-2:30pm

Zeinab Saab is asking folks to come and engage their hands, eyes, and fingertips in working with color and the grid in ways that put our visual and tactile experiences first. A little regression never hurt, going back to the beginning, when pure enjoyment and delight drove which colors, patterns and palettes drew us.

Bring your own supplies or choose from what is provided – we will have materials on hand and welcome your contributions. All levels are encouraged and welcomed. RSVPs are encouraged so we will have material for everyone!

About the artist

Originally from Dearborn, Michigan, Zeinab Saab is currently based in Portland, Oregon. Their current work focuses on the exploration of the inner child through color theory and the grid. They received their BFA in Printmaking from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH in 2015, and completed their MFA in Printmaking at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL in 2019. Their work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in San Francisco, St. Louis, Detroit, New York, California, Dubai, New Mexico, and Hawaii among other places, and is held in several permanent collections, including Emory University, The Bainbridge Museum of Art, Zayed University in Dubai, UAE, the Arab American National Museum, and the University of Iowa’s Special Collections Library.