Four stars

Indianapolis Art Center

In Michelle “Merle” Pace’s watercolor/mixed media portrait “Annabelle Lee,” the female subject has cold, blank eyes, pursed lips and a long neck. Over her black flowing hair she’s wearing a crown. Pace portrays a number of other gothic women in similarly stylized demeanors. The titles of these works —  “Gothic Snow White in Moss Green,” “Poe Lady with Raven” and “Lenore,” among them — reflect her literary and fairy tale influences. The Poe poems are bleaker influences than your typical fairy tale, but even in Poe’s “Annabelle Lee,” love transcends death. The overarching theme in these portraits, and in her mixed media work (including collage, sculpture and photography), is linked to such transcendence. Pace’s work is not devoid of warmth and humor. Check out the collage photo album that features pictures of her twin sister and her friends. Her mixed-media crowned boxes, inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson, are also interesting and engaging. Through Nov. 15; 317-255-2464, www.indplsartcenter.org.

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Arts Editor

Dan Grossman is NUVO's arts editor.

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