2019 MAY EXHIBIT
Brenda Stumpf began exhibiting her work during the 1990s following her time at the Columbus College of Art & Design, and has since shown in 26 solo and 122 group exhibitions that include the Butler Institute of American Art, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, among many others. She has been recognized for her intricate use of unorthodox materials— the paper of steeped tea bags, unraveled rope, sand, plastic flowers, animal bones, salvaged wood, and scraped images — to create sculptures, assembled paintings, and nontraditional drawings that have a baroque sensibility layered atop evocative subject matter. Mythology, mysticism, ancient history, and poetry are deep wells for Stumpf’s ceaseless intrigue into the mysterious, secretive, and unknown. When dismantling and then reconstructing with the found and discarded materials, Stumpf does so with an almost shamanistic approach — a potent act oriented to the cycle of death and rebirth.