Stephanie Armbruster

Strange Land and Stranger Dreams by Stephanie Armbruster
Friday, August 11, 2017 to Sunday, October 29, 2017

What hath night to do with sleep?

"Over the past 12 months, I have visited 4 countries, 19 cities, and have taken more than 62 flights – some by choice and most by profession.

My memories of each place blur together, merging with vivid dreams and works of fiction. Each of the paintings in this solo exhibition is inspired by travel. Of cities and citadels, strange customs and stranger friends, sleepless nights, early mornings, the sounds of subways, and the white noise of planes."

Stephanie Armbruster’s luminous paintings originate in subjective experience. Navigating the transitory nature of memory, her works evoke a tenuous sense of place hovering on the edge of infinite depths. With their atmospheric presence, her compositions seek balance between figure and ground, blurring the lines between landscape and gestural abstraction. Much like their inspiration, each painting is a densely-layered accumulation of structure and symbolism.

Artist Talk: October 26, 6:00pm

About the Artist:

Stephanie Armbruster is a visual artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. Working primarily in encaustic, Armbruster’s paintings are composed of dozens of layers of translucent wax. Stephanie’s work has been shown nationally at institutions including the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, James Gallery and others. Stephanie received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon in 2006.