A person’s bedroom is an incredibly intimate space. It can show a person’s style — or the image they want to present to the world — but it’s also the space where people are raw, exposed, vulnerable. And that’s what attracted artist Karen Ann Myers to bedrooms, which is the feature of her latest exhibit Sparkle. Featuring 7 new paintings and five new works on paper, Sparkle takes on a birds-eye-view perspective of women in their bedrooms — sometimes alone but not always — creating a voyeuristic-like quality. And all of the paintings are incredibly life-like, some even requiring a double take to determine if it’s a painting or a photo. Another unusual twist is having the subjects looking at the viewers. “When she’s looking at you it’s more inviting, but in a more jarring sort of way. It makes you uneasy. It involves you on an emotional level,” Myers says. “The work is about being vulnerable, yet confident and self-assured. I like the tension between those two states of mind. I like that there can be both.” That’s not the only paradox found in the paintings. “I hope that my paintings portray the dualities of female psychology and sexuality. I portray the women as independent and complex, yet contemplative, vulnerable, and alone. The work is about visual excitement,” she explains. “I am interested in frustrating my audience; the viewer wants to look at the irresistible woman on the bed, yet he/she is conflicted because of the equally beautiful rug on the floor.” Sparkle runs through June 30.