“I like to play with and engage my paintings,” states Elizabeth (aka “Z”) Behl, who served as the scenic director for the oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012). In her imaginative paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and installations, she seamlessly merges art and life. The daughter of a photographer and an art dealer, Behl grew up in a Tribeca neighborhood filled with intrepid artists, an experience that influences the buoyant spirit of her work. Using friends, family, and herself as models, she has filled gallery spaces with painted wooden cutout portraits, arranged as if to mingle with viewers. As Behl’s projects feed into each other, these became fodder for one of her most elaborate installations to date, an epic maritime battle, encompassing mermaids, a pirate ship, and young heroes and heroines battling the forces of the sea.