Encounters: Dori DeCamillis was part of the long-standing Encounters series showcasing outstanding regional contemporary art. Focusing on a recent series of imaginary self-portraits, Birmingham painter Dori DeCamillis depicted a character in a private mythology designed to personify an individual piece of the artist’s personality, shedding light on her own foibles, aspirations, and secrets. The portraits also revealed human attributes that are universal. DeCamillis used animals to symbolize various aspects of her personality, taking her cue from the many cultures and religions around the world in which animals represent ideas, deities and demons, and human traits. The titles of the works come from the sonnets of Shakespeare. Organized by HMA.