Los Angeles artists Katie Shanks and Stephanie Sherwood were both trained in traditional drawing and painting at California State University Long Beach, their vibrant joint practice (begun in 2015) has since traveled off the canvas into sculpture, immersive installation, fashion, and now performance. Stephanie heavily focuses on technical drawing and experimentation with many types of paint, as well as contemporary compositional techniques. Katie’s work embraces her experience with theatrical set and costume design to create painterly woven garments and environments. When collaborating, the two find a balance—playing off of each other’s strengths while simultaneously pushing one another to challenge their concepts and capabilities—striving to abandon a place of comfort for one of growth.
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Photography by J. Martinez-Rizo and Jonnah Llamas