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The Secret War on Laos: UXO

This body of work is inspired by the non-profit organization, Legacies of War, and their mission: “To raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos and advocate for the clearance of unexploded bombs.” As a refugee/immigrant, the process of connecting and disconnecting with a place or community are abstracted ideas of migration. Similarly, the collage and painting process is unpredictable and is an ongoing dialogue about assimilating and relocating into another culture and space.


Sisavanh Phouthavong


Sisavanh Houghton is an Associate Professor of Painting in the Department of Art and Design at Middle Tennessee State University. She earned her BFA from the University of Kansas and her MFA from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale. In 2014, she was awarded MTSU’s Teacher of the Year and in 2017 a Tennessee Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for 2D art. She has exhibited her work at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art, and the Reece Museum, and has published her work in the Wall Street International, Create Magazine, Voices of America, and The Pinch Journal. Her work is in the permanent collections of the American Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname, the Legacies of War Office in Washington, D.C., and the Tennessee State Museum. She is represented by Tinney Contemporary, Nashville.