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TO SEPT. 10

I’ve always seen D.C. painter Pat Goslee as a sort of punk Georgia O’Keeffe. Like O’Keeffe’s iconic skulls and magnolias, Goslee’s cryptically convoluted bioforms ride the line between the actual and the abstract. In fact, it’s the absence of just that sort of ambiguity that shocks in Goslee’s latest work: a big, up-close-and-personal collage of old grade-school portraits, off-kilter snapshots of pets, friends, and relatives, and even a couple of nude shots. (An untitled piece is pictured.) It’s all culled from one unmistakably real life—Goslee’s. Exhibiting with more than 100 other artists at the District of Columbia Arts Center’s annual open summer show, Goslee allows that yes, her new piece is personal. After the recent death of a family member, she drew inspiration from an unsettling visit to a spirit-reader she calls “the Angel Lady.” “It’s about learning to love yourself and others—how some people get there before they die, and some don’t,” she says of her new work. But she also denies that the collage hits any closer to home than her earlier, more abstract images. “For a long time I was into a sort of bloody alizarin crimson,” she says. In those paintings, she explains, “I felt like I was inside of my body.” Catch Goslee’s gutsy canvases next month at Signal 66—or see the photo-collage she calls “a karmic path of love” right now from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and from 2 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, to Sunday, Sept. 10, at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Free. (202) 462-7833. (John DeVault)