ELEGY – For What Has Passed

Solo exhibition
September 10th – October 2nd 2021

Opening Reception: Friday September 10th

BRDG Project
1553 Platte St. Unit 100 / Highlands Bridge
Denver, CO 80202

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consecrated, painting

Most of the work in this exhibition titled “Elegy – For What Has Passed” is from a larger series of Stumpf’s work titled “Consecrated” and is the first exhibition since returning to live in Denver this past year.

It was 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the process of converting a church into a home and studio, when everything familiar in the artist’s life began to fall apart. She had moved across the country from Denver and couldn’t find a sense of place, her grandmother passed away, and she felt the inevitable disintegration of a long-term relationship. Creating this body of work allowed her to commune with and transmute the pain, loss, and uncertainty into individual monuments to solitude and deep reflection.

For Stumpf, there was a monastic quality to hand-tearing a variety of papers into small bits and tiling the surfaces of some of the works in a mosaic-like fashion. She felt that it was extremely important to incorporate specific salvaged items and found documents from the church building into the paintings and sculptures. “As in much of my work,” explains Stumpf, “the humble materials I used in these pieces were handled, and ultimately imbued, with an elevated sense of meaning.” Stumpf has brought together and transformed these items into artifacts—memorials that now serve as a material record of the weight of the time and emotional context in which each was made.  

This body of work has taken on new depth and dimension amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This shared human experience bears some of the hallmarks of mystical transformation. “It is a time of being deconstructed, rearranged, and learning what is of greatest value,” says Stumpf, “and it offers a profound inner opportunity to experience the process of sacred alchemy.

Selection of works in the exhibition

For A Time They Took Pleasure There

Solo exhibition
August 6 – August 28th 2021

Sager Braudis Gallery
1025 E Walnut Street
Columbia, MO 65201

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Vanish scratched phot detail

Archetypal and symbolic, this work is a reflection of the artist’s journey after several life-altering occurrences in 2020, which lead to deep and somber introspection about memory, loss, loneliness, aging, and ultimately, death.

To create the ink transfer imagery, the artist bought tiny black and white photographs from a second-hand store, and then scrawled and scratched into the faces and backgrounds with a razor blade. These altered photographs were then digitally captured, laser printed in small sections, and transferred with a gel medium onto plexiglass that had been mounted to wood panels. Light passing through the semi transparent image and clear acrylic sheets creates a milky looking surface invoking a dream-like or apparitional quality to the lacerated and obscured figures.

The title For a Time They Took Pleasure There comes from a line in The Book of Poverty and Death, which is the third book in Rainer Maria Rilke’s Book of Hours.

Selection of works in the exhibition

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