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Stephanie Armbruster

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This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Artist Statement

My most recent series of works began as a reflection on the interactions of pedestrians in urban settings. Buildings are pressed on all sides by swarming arrows, errant speech balloons, and heaps of disjointed type. These whimsical images reflect intersections and interactions of people in congested urban environments. When invited to create a site-specific work, the turns and intersections of the gallery’s stairwell and landing immediately inspired me to create a piece that, like a busy city, forces visitors into unexpected encounters & unintended diversions along their way.

When

2009

About The Artist

Stephanie Armbruster obtained her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She currently holds a studio in Pittsburgh's East End at the Mine Factory. She is an encaustic painter who focuses on suspending pigment drawings and printed imagery between layers of resin and molten wax. Her work has been shown nationally including exhibitions with James Gallery, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Print Making Society, and others. She is a 2011 Flight School Fellow and has been the recipient of local arts grants including PPA Program Stream and Artist Opportunity grants.

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