"Fire & Flux: Paintings in Encaustic" is a new exhibit by History of Art alumna Ariela Steif, a 2010 graduate and winner of the Henry P. Tappan Award for Outstanding Achievement in the History of Art Honors Program. Her work gathers fragmented and layered imagery that negotiates the edges where boundaries meet and break. These ever-shifting forms are always unfinished and are simultaneously living and dying. This series of paintings is done in encaustic, an ancient process of pigmented beeswax and resin that is applied molten and then burned in with a blowtorch to fuse each layer to the one beneath it. Steif lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 18-June 13, 2011
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.