Playful at a first glance, Stacey Rozich‘s watercolor and gouache paintings (featured in our current issue) tackle sociological issues through an allegorical world populated with quirky monsters. Her brightly colored, fantastical creatures appear to be the stuff of storybooks, but upon closer inspection, these beasts enact dramatic narratives filled with betrayal, violence and social exclusion. Rozich presents her characters on white backgrounds, inviting her viewers to fill in the blanks she leaves in her paintings with their own stories. Rozich’s solo show, “Within Without Me,” opens at Roq La Rue on May 2. The exhibition will be Roq La Rue’s inaugural show at their new location in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and will remain on view through June 1. See our preview of the show below.