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Shots of "daily care" items in Shanghai and Dubai — everything from Tide laundry cleaner to toothpaste, toothbrushes, and eating utensils all crowded around the same sink — are among the simple observations that always hum in the background of Otten's work. "I'm attracted to normal, everyday things, like different kinds of street furniture and different colors of tiles on the pavement, and the kinds of bikes people ride or the kinds of shopping bags they carry," she says.