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Stephanie Barenz

Stephanie Barenz

Born: 1983

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Based in: Shanghai

Shanghai-based artist Stephanie Barenz creates mixed media works inspired by the layered experience of moving between point A and point B. Her work merges photography, printmaking, painting, and collage.

Barenz received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Before living in China, she taught at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and ran her own studio + gallery in Milwaukee, WI. She completed residencies at the Art Students' League of New York, Chicago Printmakers’ Collaborative, and the Pfister Hotel in Wisconsin. Selected exhibitions include Sino ArtSpace in Shanghai, Art Canton Contemporary Art Fair in Guangzhou, Solonia Art Center in Suzhou, Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin Artist Biennial at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, John Michael Kohler Art Center, and the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts in Milwaukee.


21 works for sale

In the Storm

Stephanie Barenz, United States of America

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Wild Light by Stephanie Barenz

Stephanie Barenz, United States of America

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Light On My Face, Light On the Moon by Stephanie Barenz

Stephanie Barenz, United States of America

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Eventide by Stephanie Barenz

Stephanie Barenz, United States of America

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Tethered by Stephanie Barenz

Stephanie Barenz, United States of America

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Hovering Still by Stephanie Barenz

Stephanie Barenz, United States of America

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Low-Anchored Cloud by Stephanie Barenz

Stephanie Barenz, United States of America

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Edge of the Sea by Stephanie Barenz

Stephanie Barenz, United States of America

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Half-Light by Stephanie Barenz

Stephanie Barenz, United States of America

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Swimming Through Air by Stephanie Barenz

Stephanie Barenz, United States of America

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Shanghai At Dawn by Stephanie Barenz

Stephanie Barenz, United States of America

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The Sea Receives All Rivers by Stephanie Barenz

Stephanie Barenz, United States of America

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$ 4,000

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Stephanie Barenz In The Studio

"I use several different processes, which include printmaking, collage, painting, and digital tools. In this series, I used tools such as a garden hose, large brooms and mops, buckets of water, and the force of motion to create abstract marks. I also let nature dictate what would happen to the paintings and left them out in the rain to create different textures on the canvas."

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More About Stephanie Barenz

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What inspires you?

I am inspired by the way water, in all of its forms, mimics the human experiences of transition and transformation. I could spend endless hours on the seashore painting and taking notes on how the water changes form and color depending on the time of day or the weather..

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Describe your creative process.

Formally, my work uses several processes, which include printmaking, collage, painting, and digital photography. The subject matter includes imagery of places I am a part of and abstract mark-making. The layered experience of one’s journey influences the way I layer different materials and imagery. Often, I paint over digital collages that I create or pool layers of paint over and over again. My background in printmaking has fostered within me a love for iteration, using matrixes in new ways, and the playfulness and chance involved with creating.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Water, Poetry, Travel

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Helen Frankenthaler, Julie Mehretu, and the tradition and philosophy of Chinese ink painting

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

Flow-Aid, which is an additive that helps you paint flow and move like water

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Art and life is about gathering experiences, use it all and jump in with all fours.

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Where do you go for inspiration?

The seashore


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Credentials

Education

Washington University in St. Louis

United States of America, 2009

Bethany Lutheran College

United States of America, 2006

Santa Reparata International School of Art

Italy, 2005

Exhibitions

The Artist Story

2021

The Art of Water V

2021

Why Do Fish Jump Out of Water?

2020

What Keeps the Water in the Sea?

2020

Art Canton Contemporary Art Fair

2020

Indian Green Invitational

2017

Traverse

2017

Marn Mentor Exhibition

2017

Who Where We

2016

Revolution

2016

Sense of Place

2016

Wisconsin Artist Biennial

2014

Awards

SACI Artist Award

2015

Ruth Katzman Scholarship

2015

Pfister Artist-in-Residence

2013

Yilvasaker Purchase Award

2006

Education

Washington University in St. Louis

United States of America, 2009

Bethany Lutheran College

United States of America, 2006

Santa Reparata International School of Art

Italy, 2005

Exhibitions

The Artist Story

2021

The Art of Water V

2021

Why Do Fish Jump Out of Water?

2020

What Keeps the Water in the Sea?

2020

Art Canton Contemporary Art Fair

2020

Indian Green Invitational

2017

Traverse

2017

Marn Mentor Exhibition

2017

Who Where We

2016

Revolution

2016

Sense of Place

2016

Wisconsin Artist Biennial

2014

Awards

SACI Artist Award

2015

Ruth Katzman Scholarship

2015

Pfister Artist-in-Residence

2013

Yilvasaker Purchase Award

2006

Press

Teaching Artist Podcast

2020

Milwaukee Public Television

2018

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

2016

Milwaukee Public Television

2015

365 Artists, 365 Days

2015

Artist Magazine

2014

On Milwaukee

2013

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