A certain look at nature

  "Hitched'' (after Desportes and Handecoeter), by Shelly Reed, in her show "A Curious Nature,'' at the Fitchburg Art Museum, through June 4.

"Hitched'' (after Desportes and Handecoeter), by Shelly Reed, in her show "A Curious Nature,'' at the Fitchburg Art Museum, through June 4.

The museum says :"With artworks spanning from a decade ago to works that have never been seen by the public, 'A Curious Nature' provides viewers with insight into the artist and her transformation throughout the years. The exhibition features a variety of works, including black and white canvasses  (e.g., above) and oil on paper. Her subject matter ranges from large scale scenes with animal and botanical details and more intimate portraits. ...Reed also includes several predator/prey images, detailing the stalking, contemplation, and attacking of these beings while encouraging the audience to contemplate who is watching whom both in the artworks themselves and the inspiration.''