Twin Peaks, porcelain and dirt, by Lauren Klenow
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  • Twin Peaks, porcelain and dirt, by Lauren Klenow

What we now consider to be the most western part of Washington State, is actually the remaining eastern edge of the world’s smallest tectonic plate. The Olympic Peninsula was once part of the ocean floor on the plate of Juan de Fuca until it crashed into the larger continental plate of North America, shifting landmasses and creating the Olympic Mountain Range.

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For the first month of this year, Seattle artist Lauren Klenow adventured her way across the Olympic Peninsula, from Port Townsend to Neah Bay, making art in response. Embedded is the collection of works that resulted, to be seen for the first time tonight from 6 to 9 pm at Vignettes. (Vignettes is the one-night-only curatorial project of Sierra Stinson, who empties out her studio apartment to make way for the art for the night.)

After this, Klenow will be moving away—she's doing another residency, this time at the Karl Hoefer Gesellschaft in Berlin. I imagine her dreaming, in her Berliner bed, of craggy Pacific land masses. Send her off right by checking out Vignettes tonight.

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