Brooding, deeply romantic and suffused with portent, Laura Dodson's “Still Creatures” are markedly distinct from her previous bodies of work. Certain pictorial characteristics remain: ambiguous and theatrical spaces; an occluded symbolism; and centralized images that propel themselves into our purview with mute and sometimes threatening insistence. Her liquid environments, sometimes bubbling and seemingly infinite, are nothing if not reliquaries. Inorganic stuff--dolls, cellophane, a kitschy pair of flip-flops--is no less dead than the birds, fish, flowers and insects splayed across each composition. Disembodied hands are the sole indicators of muscle; even so, they pose and gesture with eerie lifelessness. The importance of Dodson's artifacts lies in the memories they still.   Mario Naves