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An exhibit titled “Gas Bubble in Eye” by artist Roxi Mathis is on display at Bismarck State College through Sept. 26.

The exhibit is in the Gannon Gallery on the second floor of LEA Hall. A public reception for the artist is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 19, from 4-6 p.m. in the gallery.

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Mathis grew up on a ranch in the Badlands. She's now a watercolor artist in Minot. Her current work is based on the experiences she had during three eye surgeries and the recovery that followed. Dealing with a detached retina caused light distortions and patterns in her vision. In her pieces she combines these with real and imagined inspiration.

“I like to work in detail with a lot of color and bold contrast, forming loose patterns based on the visual anomalies that I see,” Mathis said. “While much of my work includes North Dakota scenery, I also work with figurative elements. I try to tell stories that lead the viewer to find their own narrative in the work.”

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