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Spirit of St. Louis

NEW YORK — Watching photographer Romaine Orthwein stand in the center of her exhibition, "Presence," at the Miller/Geisler Gallery has the dizzying effect of walking through a set of fun house mirrors. In every direction, the artist’s...

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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."
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