“The humble and sometimes discarded materials I use are not only physically transformed but on an alchemical level imbued with and come to serve the realms of the ancient, the mythic, and the sacred. This is where I have seen portals open, worlds collide and symbols become potent.” – Brenda Stumpf



The work of Brenda Stumpf invokes ancient and universal archetypes by way of myth and metaphor and often seems to be shrouded in secrets. From cryptic motifs in her works on paper to elaborate assemblages, the artist demonstrates a ceaseless intrigue for the mysterious, conjuring energies both enchanting and disturbing.

Mostly a self taught artist, she is 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, dresses, PVC shavings, wax, piano parts, plastic flowers, antler sheds, animal skulls, gourds, doll parts, engraved book covers, unraveled nylon rope and 100 year old scraped wallpaper.

Stumpf’s vast-ranging references have included Pandora, the Black Madonna, Seshat, victims of Jack the Ripper, the Crusades, alchemy, the music of Arvo Pärt and the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

The artist currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.