Arete (Hymn for Us)
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|Experienced With||Speaking engagements, Commissions, Collaboration, Public art|
The work of Brenda Stumpf invokes ancient and universal archetypes by way of myth and metaphor and seems to be shrouded in secrets, which at times, suggest offerings to love and loss. From cryptic motifs in her works on paper to elaborate assemblages, the artist demonstrates a ceaseless intrigue for the mysterious, conjuring energies sometimes enchanting and at other times disturbing.
Driven by an astute understanding of materiality, through process, Stumpf works intuitively, rarely sketching or planning and chooses unorthodox materials in creating her work such as the paper from steeped tea bags, garments, PVC shavings, wax, deconstructed piano parts, plastic flowers, discarded metal objects, pearls, a shattered car windshield, insects, antler sheds, animal skulls, gourds, found wood, sea shells, doll parts, hand cut and engraved book covers, unraveled nylon rope, Christmas ornaments, tree bark, suction cups and 100 year old peeled and scraped wallpaper.