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Strange Dirt's "Sanctuary" Takes Root At Skye Gallery In Aspen

Strange Dirt/Courtesy Skye Gallery
Work by Colorado artist Strange Dirt. The piece is on display as part of the artist's first solo exhibition, "Sanctuary," at Skye Gallery in Aspen.

Denver artist Marsha Robinson goes by Strange Dirt, and her first solo exhibition just opened at Skye Gallery in downtown Aspen. The collection is called "Sanctuary," and features an array of flora, fauna and bugs drawn by the self-taught artist. 

Strange Dirt's work last appeared at Skye Gallery for an all-female exhibition last year called "Metamorphosis." Skye Gallery owner and curator Skye Weinglass said that the detailed imagery of Strange Dirt's pieces pulled passerbys off the street to see them up close.

"People really loved [her art] and gravitated towards it," she said. "Her pieces are large-scale, she starts with a pencil drawing and then she draws in with ink, and also uses gold leaf on top—they take her months to do."

Strange Dirt's full "Sanctuary" will be on display at Skye Gallery until September 30, 2020.

Kirsten was born and raised in Massachusetts, and has called Colorado home since 2008. She moved to Vail the day after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. Before relocating to Basalt in 2020, she also spent a year living in one of Aspen’s sister cities, Queenstown, New Zealand.
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