Raise Your Indelible Eyes 48” x 60” x 6” Nylon rope that has been unraveled, leather handles, plastic foliage, antler shed tips, glass beads, old particle board from the truck bed, tree bark, piano part, tops of steeped tea bags, sand, gesso, matte medium, house paint, acrylic, and glue on canvas.
Sonurce 72” x 44” x 6" Artist's childhood dress that her mother made, removed antique wallpaper, piano wire and other parts from aunt's player piano, film, negatives, audio reels, tacks, wire, staples, gel medium, acrylic, sand, adhesive on wood panel.
Tendrophia 84” x 48” x 7” Removed antique wallpaper, found run over book, manufactured plastic pieces, plastic flowers, costume jewelry, class ring, sapphire ring my mother gave me, found piece of a vintage boys shoe buried under our porch, wood type, wasp, wax, oil, gel medium, acrylic, sand, adhesive on wood panel.
Vessure 72” x 44” x 9” Artist's childhood dress, removed antique wallpaper, vines, plastic branches, dried pods and pine cones, moss, shearling, animal skull and bones, piece of a wasp nest, copper fish, faux pearls, tulle, electrical wire, string, gel medium, acrylic, sand, adhesive on wood panel.
Your Soft Silence is Filled With Roots 48” x 96” x 6” Baby doll parts, plastic and silk foliage, Christmas ornaments and decorations, fabric, plastic beads, discarded vintage matting and backing board, strips of metal, cord, nails, sand, gesso, house paint, acrylic and glue on canvas.
Brenda Stumpf (American, b.1972) is a contemporary sculptor and painter. Stumpf is a self-taught artist and began exhibiting her work during the mid-1990s. She has been recognized for her intricate use of unorthodox materials such as the paper of steeped tea bags, unraveled rope, sand, plastic flowers, animal bones, salvaged wood, discarded metal, and scraped wallpaper to create sculptures and assembled paintings that have a baroque sensibility intertwined with evocative subject matter. Mythology, mysticism, poetry, and ancient history are deep wells for Stumpf.
Stumpf's paintings, sculpture, and works on paper have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Littleton Museum, The Strohl Art Center, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and The Outsider Art Fair. The artist's work has been juried into numerous exhibits by the likes of Jerry Saltz, senior art critic and columnist for New York Magazine; Christoph Heinrich, Director of the Denver Art Museum; Jamie Sterns, writer and the curatorial director of Brooklyn's Interstate Projects; and Taras Malta, Associate Director and current Acting Director of the University of Maryland Art Gallery.
Designers, architects, institutions, and private clients have commissioned Stumpf to create signature works, and to date, her art resides in over 350 private collections throughout the United States and abroad. Originally from Parma, Ohio, the artist currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado.