Last year, in a period of crisis, Dallas-based artist Lucia Simek took her three kids to Wyoming to visit her family. She refers to this time as “Self-exile.” There she found herself surrounded by nature on the verge of catastrophe. At the base of Yellowstone, one of the coutnry's volcanic hot spots, she embraced the latent fear of everyday life – the instabilty of being alive. She found herself compelled to capture every moment that bore significance in video or photograph. She returns to the symbolism of these images with a fresh eye for Occiput, a solo exhibition opening at The Reading Room (3715 Parry Ave.) from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. It's likely you'll experience the very personal expand into the general, only to become specific to you, the viewer. Admission is free. More at thereadingroom-dallas.blogspot.com.