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There’s new art on display in the Illini Union, this time by central Illinois resident Natalie Troyer.
Troyer’s art often includes autobiographical elements, personal relationships and family dynamics.
Her exhibit in the Union art gallery, “A House Safe for Tigers,” includes multiple paintings of the same dog curled up in bed and around the house.
Most of the paintings appear to be “random” scenes from daily life: a man talking on the phone, two people reading in bed or a glass of iced tea with a ladybug on the straw.
Troyer’s other work outside of this exhibit carries similar mundane themes, though her drawings lean more toward life drawings while her paintings include more animals or visuals from what appears to be her day-to-day experiences.
“A House Safe for Tigers” is Troyer’s first solo exhibition, but she’s been involved in many group exhibitions around central Illinois since her first student exhibition at Heartland Community College in 2014.
Her art will be displayed in the Illini Union through Dec. 1.