Liz Wade’s large, figurative works on canvas use bold yet delicate color schemes, a blunt drawing style, and flat, patterned shapes and planes to depict simplified animal forms and human figures frozen in narrative tableaux. Her subjects are often fools or deities, with exaggerated facial and bodily features, who engage in semi-heroic activities with carnal ferocity. Mad laughter emanates from these paintings, but it is tempered by seriousness and searching— a desire, as Wade’s mentor Grace Hartigan put it, “to discover the unknown in the self”