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Stephanie Barenz 


Shanghai, China

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About Stephanie

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 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 Wisconsin Art, John Michael Kohler Art Center, and the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts in Milwaukee. Barenz has taught art internationally and has presented “Collaboration in Art Education” at conferences in Hong Kong and Taipei.


As an expatriate, I draw from my personal experience of living in Shanghai, China. In my work, the physical act of moving serves as a metaphor for the different internal paths one takes throughout their life. Along with this, water, in its many forms, is a consistent theme in my work because of how it represents these ideas of transition and transformation. My work has grown from paintings to mixed media works and I employ digital drawing, photography, print making, and experimental painting techniques.

Artist Statement

The focus on "celebrating the intimate relation between artists and their works" and the emphasis Atiste Culture are putting on the artists' narratives, is what made me want to join this exhibition. My work is about communicating the layered experience of moving from point A to point B, be it a short walk or a lifelong journey. I have found that creating and moving are similar in the way that they can both disorientate and give direction to their participant. This is the paradox that motivates my work. Therefore, I am interested in this exhibition because of the way Artiste Culture is focusing on the story and journey behind each artists' work.

Showcasing Art

What Keeps the Water in the Sea


What Keeps the Water in the Sea


Acrylic Paint, Photograph on Muslin, and raw canvas

188 x 120

Available for Acquisition. Contact info@artisteculture for more information

About the Artwork

This painting was created on raw canvas using flow aid, acrylic paint, and a photograph on muslin.