Desert by Christa Stephens
Acrylic, graphite & painted paper on panel
24 Inches x 18 Inches x 2 Inches
This painting is from The Sanctuary Series, my COVID-19 project that reimagines natural settings as built environments; hypothetical cathedrals that suggest sanctuary is a place of co-creation between nature and humanity. Panel is 2" deep. Sides are finished in painted aluminum (yellow).
When the coronavirus hit New Mexico in March 2020, I found myself looking for a creative way to acknowledge the sense of isolation that was settling all around. Spring was in the air and I began to contemplate nature as an antidote to quarantine; not just for it's beauty, but because our capacity to interact with it had the potential to bring us refuge and renewal. It could give us sanctuary.
Using the visual language of geometry, these paintings reimagine natural settings as built environments; hypothetical cathedrals that suggest sanctuary is a place of co-creation between nature and humanity. Here, I distill a structural essence into elemental shapes and symbolize a connection to the natural world by juxtaposing hand-painted/hand-textured papers with bold, saturated color. Each painting revisits a place of natural beauty found in my home state. I believe sanctuary is integral to our sense of well-being; and these works are my offering of respite in the midst of challenging times.
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Purchased works can be picked up at the gallery after the end of the exhibit on October 31, 2020.