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Stratifying the Unknown by Clairissa and Colby Stephens


Parrish Gallery


Stratifying the Unknown is a collaborative project by Clairissa and Colby Stephens.  The drawings, photographs, paintings and sculptures composing this body of work explore the ways horizon lines shape our understanding of place and space and one’s location within it.


”We became captivated by horizon lines when we moved to Reno, NV in 2011.  Distinctly different from our Western Oregon Stomping grounds, we were captivated by the desert and the 360 degree view of horizon lines that it offered.  As avid backcountry explorers, we use a compass for navigation: a process that is heavily dependent on horizon lines.  And so we began to consider the various ways that horizon lines impact our lives.  But lines do not simply demarcate the boundaries of three dimensional space: they also trace the ways that humans, animals, plants, boundaries routes and spaces, and seeks to reinterpret such lines to explore new and unconventional meanings of them.” 

Visit the websites of Clairissa Stephens and Colby Stephens

Artist Reception: May 3rd, 5:00-8:00pm

GALLERY SEASON SPONSOR: ART ELEMENTS GALLERY