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Stephanie Armbruster

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Horizon Breaks, July 2011 Encaustic And Oil On Panel 36"X36" Framed © Stephanie Armbruster
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Rapture of the Chandelier, July 2011 Encaustic And Oil On Panel 36"X36" Framed © Stephanie Armbruster
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Point of Origin, July 2011 Encaustic And Oil On Panel 36"X36" Framed © Stephanie Armbruster
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Point of Impact, July 2011 Encaustic And Oil On Panel 36"X36" Framed © Stephanie Armbruster
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Flight of Forgotten Symbols, July 2011 Encaustic And Oil On Panel 36"X36" Framed © Stephanie Armbruster
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A Fine Mess of Things, July 2011 Encaustic And Oil On Panel 36"X36" Framed © Stephanie Armbruster
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Residential Movement, July 2011 Encaustic And Oil On Panel 36"X36" Framed © Stephanie Armbruster
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Street Level, 2010 Mixed Medium: Ink, Latex Paint, Spray Paint, Wheat Paste, Digital Print, And Ephemera On Panel 144" X 80" © Stephanie Armbruster 2010
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Street Level - Detail, 2010 Mixed Medium: Ink, Latex Paint, Spray Paint, Wheat Paste, Digital Print, And Ephemera On Panel 144" X 80" © Stephanie Armbruster 2010
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909s no UFOs, 2010 Mixed Medium: Stencil, Cut Paper, Painting, Drawing, And Digital Print On Panel 10"X10" © (c) 2010: Stephanie Armbruster
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DEMF - Festival in Detroit, 2010 Mixed Medium: Stencil, Cut Paper, Painting, Drawing, And Digital Print On Panel 10"X10" © (c) 2010: Stephanie Armbruster
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Moog Groove, 2010 Mixed Medium: Stencil, Cut Paper, Painting, Drawing, And Digital Print On Panel 10"X10" © (c) 2010: Stephanie Armbruster
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Signal to Noise, 2010 Mixed Medium: Stencil, Cut Paper, Painting, Drawing, And Digital Print On Panel 12"X12" © (c) 2010: Stephanie Armbruster
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Word Salad, 2009 Site Specific Installation: Ink, Latex Paint, Spray Paint, Cut Paper, Digital Print, And Ephemera 15'x40' © (c) 2010: Stephanie Armbruster
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Word Salad, 2009 Site Specific Installation: Ink, Latex Paint, Spray Paint, Cut Paper, Digital Print, And Ephemera 15'x40' © (c) 2010: Stephanie Armbruster
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Word Salad, 2009 Site Specific Installation: Ink, Latex Paint, Spray Paint, Cut Paper, Digital Print, And Ephemera 15'x40' © (c) 2010: Stephanie Armbruster
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Urban Construct: Heap, 2009 Mixed Medium: Screen Print With Chin Collet’, Drawing, And Spray Paint On Multiple Layers Of Translucent Polyethylene 22"X30" © (c) 2010: Stephanie Armbruster
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Urban Construct: Hotel, 2009 Mixed Medium: Screen Print With Chin Collet’, Drawing, And Spray Paint On Multiple Layers Of Translucent Polyethylene 20"X28" © (c) 2010: Stephanie Armbruster
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Hungry Ghosts XI - Detail, 2014 Encaustic On Panel 36 X 36 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster 2014
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Hungry Ghosts XI, 2014 Encaustic On Panel 36 X 36 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster 2014
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Hungry Ghosts I, 2012 Encaustic On Panel 36 X 36 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster 2014
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Hungry Ghosts II, 2012 Encaustic On Panel 36 X 36 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster 2014
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Hungry Ghosts III, 2012 Encaustic On Panel 36 X 36 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster
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Hungry Ghosts IV, 2012 Encaustic On Panel 36 X 36 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster 2012
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Hungry Ghosts V, 2012 Encaustic On Panel 36 X 48 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster
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Hungry Ghosts VI, 2012 Encaustic On Panel 36 X 36 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster 2012
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Liminal Spaces - installaiton view, 2012 Temporary Wall Painting 144 X 180 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster 2014
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Memento I, 2013 Encaustic On Panel 10 X 10 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster 2013
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Beyond the Pale, 2013 Encaustic On Panel 56 X 48 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster 2013
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Beyond the Pale - Detail, 2013 Encaustic On Panel 56 X 48 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster 2013
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Gargoyles of Frick Park, 2013 Encaustic On Panel 54 X 48 © Stephanie Armbruster
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Signs and Premonitions, 2013 Encaustic On Panel 54 X 48 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster
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Signs and Premonitions - Detail, 2013 Encaustic On Panel 54 X 48 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster
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Bifurcation I: Descent, 2014 Encaustic On Panel Diptych, Left Side, 12 X 16 © Stephanie Armbruster
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Bifurcation I: Descent, 2014 Encaustic On Panel Diptych, Right Side, 12 X 16 © Stephanie Armbruster
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Bifurcation III: Vestibule, 2014 Encaustic On Panel Diptych, Left Side, 24 X 26 © Stephanie Armbruster
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Bifurcation III: Vestibule, 2014 Encaustic On Panel Diptych, Right Side, 24 X 26 © Stephanie Armbruster
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Bifurcation V: Philadelphia, 2014 Encaustic On Panel 24 X 26 © Stephanie Armbruster
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Bifurcation VI: Above and Below, 2014 Encaustic On Panel 24 X 48 © Stephanie Armbruster
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From Ship to Shore I, 2014 Encaustic On Panel 10 X 10 © Stephanie Armbruster
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From Ship to Shore II, 2014 Encaustic On Panel 24 X 26 © Stephanie Armbruster
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From Ship to Shore III, 2014 Encaustic On Panel 10 X 10 © Stephanie Armbruster
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Echo Object, 2013 Encaustic On Panel 12 X 16 © Stephanie Armbruster
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Bifurcation II: Mission District, 2014 Encaustic On Panel Diptych, 26 X 48 Inches © Stephanie Armbruster 2014
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Quick Facts
Lives in
Pittsburgh, PA
Works in
Pittsburgh, PA
Schools
Carnegie Mellon University
Tags
mixed-media modern drawing, encaustic, site-specific, urban painting, rust belt painting painting abstract, graffiti/street-art, conceptual
Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Jan, 2018
Almost 17 and #werestillhere
BoxHeart Gallery
Statement

Stephanie Armbruster works primarily as an encaustic painter and printmaker, creating luminous, translucent surfaces by suspending pigment and imagery between layers of resin and molten wax. Stephanie was born in 1983 in Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2001 to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where she received a BFA in 2006. Currently, Stephanie maintains a studio at the Mine Factory in Pittsburgh’s East End. 


Artist Statement

“Everything that can be said, can be said clearly. And what we cannot speak about, we must pass over in silence.” -Ludwig Wittgenstein

Someone once told me that everything we see in dreams, we have already seen in some form in life. Assume for a moment that this is true and that our dreams are the manifestations of our memories. Ghosts of our own experience, given agency through the depth and intensity of nostalgia and emotion. Through my work, I aim to create an impression of these ghosts; to share some sense of that which I cannot describe.

I am inspired by navigating transitional and abandoned places; points of departure, penciled in the margins of our lives, where the rules and expectations of conventional social reality no longer apply. These liminal spaces are that which we cannot speak about; thresholds between what we are able to define and what has yet to be discovered. Temporary autonomous zones, where we are free to create a new story, or participate in a scene already unfolding.

Much like their inspiration, each painting is a densely layered accumulation of structure and symbolism: a small personal legacy, and a habitat for ghosts.