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Colleen Stepanic’s paintings focus on the parallels between geological processes and human experience. She draws connections between the ways in which earth is built up, saved, and destroyed through natural cycles and the way one’s own life events are similarly cyclical. These works utilize geological references as a starting point for tactile, physically intrusive works. Using process as a metaphor, she disregards the flat plain and engages in a number of aggressive actions against the basic structure of a painting. She attacks the surface with paint, scissors, and with needles.