Using oil painting and encaustic, Margo Selski creates a vast universe where characters from her own imagined world meet visitors from fairy tales and children’s stories. Her dark palette and static compositions recall the portraiture of Flemish painter Jan van Eyck, while cracked surfaces—created by storing beeswax-covered works in the freezer—add a Renaissance-era patina and ghostly underpaintings slowly reveal themselves over time. The works, both intricately beautiful and eerily unsettling, take the viewer on an emotional journey as they discover the nuances hidden within them. “Seemingly simple allegories, my work reveals itself over time,” she says. “By using a safe and familiar composition, my goal is to lull the viewer into a false sense of comfort and familiarity, where they are drawn to images which, upon further viewing, become curious, uncomfortable and perhaps even dangerous."