While Orthwein’s work raises questions of identity and what it means to belong, one has to wonder if her heritage is more burden than blessing. "I think I always felt like a little bit of an oddball in the family, the eccentric one," she says, adding that her four half-siblings have followed more traditional paths, entering the business world. "For me, it was more about being a creative and theatrical personality."
So where does the artist see herself fitting in now?
"Nowhere!" she cries out, cracking a rare laugh. "But I feel most at home in New York."