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The bowls of rice that Lu Zhang claims as an inspiration are allegorical, she says; they allude to her obsessive attention to detail, down to a single grain. It’s hard not to take her literally, though, when looking at her drawings at Randall Scott Gallery. Zhang’s pieces are built on grain-sized shapes; from afar, her works look like what you’d see peering into a microscope at a slide teeming with viruses and mitochondria. Zhang’s latest works were inspired by a trip to China and the traditional opera she took in there. Her drawings of opera headdresses are comprised of some of the same ricelike shapes she’s used before, but the beards and hairpieces those shapes create are eye-catching—the imagery is dramatic and virile but also delicate.

THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW FROM 11 A.M. TO 6 P.M. WEDNESDAY to SATURDAY UNTIL MAY 24 AT THE RANDALL SCOTT GALLERY, 1326 14TH ST. NW. FREE. (202) 332-0806.