The Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Gallery at Tarleton State University kicks off its 2017-18 season with Valerie Powell’s solo exhibition, Civil Wars.

On display now through Sept. 22, the exhibit features new drawings and sculptures as well as a site-specific wall installation—containing imagery and forms inspired by conflict—created specifically for the gallery.

The free exhibition is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Continuing to investigate the complexities of the human condition, Powell’s new work reflects on memories of personal tension and internal conflict as well as growing national and global unrest while maintaining a playful artifice.

Her art making practice centers around Shrinky Dinks®—a sort of magical shrinkable plastic with the ability to evolve from a thin two-dimensional sheet into a three-dimensional object that takes up space when heated. This plastic material contorts, shrinks, melts and folds into itself, only to rebound and emerge as something new and stronger, allowing Powell to explore what it means to be human, experience stress and recover.