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​Out of the Darkness explores one artist’s transition from darkness to light

Colorado Springs ­­– January 16 – Pikes Peak Community College Art Gallery presents Out of Darkness: The World of Zoe Stiler. The exhibit opens February 2 with a reception from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Studio Campus Art Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.

Zoe Stiler, an artist who was blind with cataracts from birth until the age of 6, creates paintings and large illuminated lanterns hung from the ceiling to convey a dreamlike sense of light and dark.

“When I came into this world all I could see was bright light flooding through an open door or window and vague shadowy shapes,” she imagined.

At age 6, she underwent a series of operations that began her journey toward becoming a sighted person. The intensity of these early experiences is what shapes her art today.

“Being able to suddenly see color and objects with clarity was completely overwhelming to me,” she recalls.

As a creative being Stiler experiences life in two realities, one in which she exists bodily and one she imagines. The stories and characters that inhabit her work come from vivid intense dreams she often has. Her work unmistakably illustrates a heightened perception of the differences between light and darkness.

While living in the darkness of the New Mexico desert with no electricity, she began to construct lanterns which would immerse her in a soothing light. “I imagined the light being sent out like a prayer,” she explains.

In the exhibition, Out of Darkness, Zoe Stiler presents us with a picture of a world inhabited with imagery that attempts to make peace with the darkness by infusing it with light.

Zoe Stiler lives and works near Taos, New Mexico. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and with various professional artists in New Mexico. Among other locations, her illuminated works and paintings are on display in the Hollander Gallery in Santa Fe and her giant chandeliers can be seen at Taos Mesa Brewing in Taos.

About PPCC
Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers associate degrees and certifications in career and technical fields. With three campuses, two learning centers and two military education centers, PPCC provides access to a quality, affordable and flexible education to 19,000 students annually.

Exhibit Details:
Out of the Darkness: The World of Zoe Stiler
Exhibit dates: Feb. 2 – March 9
Opening Reception: Feb. 2, 5-7:30 p.m., PPCC music faculty perform Mystic Sounds
Pikes Peak Community College, Art Gallery
100 W. Pikes Peak Ave, 80903
Gallery Hours: M-F, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Note to Media:
To set up an interview with the artist or to view the exhibit prior to opening, please contact George Sanchez,
PPCC Art Gallery Director
719-960-777 or 719-502-4040