“You can imagine that all that makes for a person who really enjoys going into other worlds and into myself,” she says, now 39 years old. She lives in the desert outside Taos with three children and two dogs, in a home/studio she built herself after dropping out of the Rhode Island School of Design at age 19. If there are more people like Stiler, they’re few and far between.
On Friday, Feb. 2, Stiler’s doing her first show in Colorado, at the Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Studio Art Gallery. It’s titled Out of the Darkness: The World of Zoe Stiler, and it’s a collection of paintings and sculptures from throughout her career. It’ll be up through Friday, March 9. The Colorado connection came from a friend, Rowena Sabetta, a student Art Gallery Assistant at PPCC’s downtown gallery.
“[Rowena] told me about Zoe’s work and showed me samples which piqued my interest,” says the gallery’s director, George Sanchez. “I then made a trip to Taos to check it out.”
Event Details Out of the Darkness: The World of Zoe Stiler
Lanterns are a running theme in all of Stiler’s art — she’s made lanterns and chandeliers — as in her dreams. They come from when she was building her house, living in a tipi in the middle of the desert.
“I’d wake up in the middle of the night. So I started to make little lanterns, something I could focus on and [think] ‘Okay, go back to sleep. It’s gonna be okay.’”