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"Manal Deeb’s own countenance appears in nearly all of her artwork … but it’s hard to distinguish it.
The Palestinian-bred Fairfax artist superimposes photographs, calligraphy and fabric patterns on her face, constructing a visual metaphor for how women’s identities are overlaid with societal expectations and political circumstances. … paintings that blend realism and abstraction. Imagery derived from the paintings also is an element in the … collages, which are intricately layered with forms and textures to suggest the land of her birth: bark, earth, branches.