A Beautiful Mind: New work by Elizabeth Guipe Hall 

Harrison Center for the Arts

On Sept. 19, 2009, Nic Nihiser was struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle. He suffered severe brain trauma and wasn't expected to make it. This show is Elizabeth Guipe Hall's reaction to Nihiser's trauma, and his ongoing recovery. Her predominant medium is beeswax mixed with pigment, but she also uses image transfer, pencil, and paint. She heats up the wax with a blowtorch and spreads layer over layer, image over image. The encaustic collages that result from this process often have a 3-D depth to them. There is a progression of imagery as you walk through this show. "Witness" depicts a crow that observed the hit-and-run. Then you see a number of works that deal specifically with healing from brain trauma. Of particular interest are the collages that dwell upon the startling similarity between neural pathways and, say, the veins on a tree leaf. "It's amazing that we think of nature as being outside of us," says Hall. "There's that imagery reflected within us." A portion of any profits from this show will benefit Nihiser's recovery fund. Through Feb. 27; 317-396-3886, www.harrisoncenter.org.

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