Through underwater landscapes, Dominique’s paintings contemplate the relationship between memories of experienced places and feelings of “belonging” and “happiness”. Understanding and predicting the tangible world benefits from visualizing topographic and historic models. Her work focuses on underwater artifacts as ciphers for analyzing undefinable emotional attachments. The forces governing water provide physical and allegorical parallels with the human body and mind. Muted crepuscular colors, Payne’s gray, blue, madder rose, and greens recall viscera. Dominique’s most recent series focuses on aqueous mechanisms responsible for transforming alien substances into relics or camouflaging them into compliance.