PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Compton Union Gallery will be “Stalked by the Pygmy Tiger” when it features artist Valerie Boydo’s exhibit by the same name Oct. 7-25.

The show features copper enameling and other work by Boydo and can be viewed from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday. Most the work on display is from early 2001, when she began to experiment with techniques for working with malleable copper.

More than 10 years of study is reflected in the exhibit, which is “what happens when reality meets fantasy and fantasy meets the inner world,” she said.

Boydo decided that graphic designer would not satisfy her “insatiable urge to create” and began to study copper enameling and silversmithing at the Columbus (Ohio) Cultural Arts Center as a way to “survive the real world.”

Enamel is a form of glass, and enameling is the process of fusing it to metal with heat. The technology of enameling has been traced to 1450 B.C. when Mycenaean and other early civilizations used enamel in the imitation of precious stones. Early enameling techniques (champleve’ and cloisonne’) were developed or refined by the Celts, Romans and Greeks and were revived in later centuries, leading to new processes.

Boydo received her master’s degree in graphic design from the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology in 1985. She has since worked as a computer graphic designer and analyst with several laboratories. Boydo is a photo library and marketing design manager at the Office of Marketing Communications.

For more information, contact Marty Mullen at (509) 335-2313 or e-mail to mullen@wsu.edu.