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Maya Bringolf

Schaffhausen, 1969

Maya Bringolf (*1969, Schaffhausen) lives and works in Zurich. From 1992 to 2000 she studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Zurich and at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich with Gerhard Berger and Ben Willikens. 
In her disconcerting assemblages of "objets trouvés" she deals with cyclical processes such as the circulation of raw materials and air, or the reprocessing of clothing and furnishing. From the recycling circuits, Bringolf extracts and transforms furniture that once embodied bourgeois prosperity and can now be found in second-hand stores. With office chairs that have been torched and pierced by ventilation pipes or with carpets riddled with holes, Bringolf reflects social structures and habits. Destruction and change are ubiquitous themes that significantly influence and shape her work process. With her methodology, Bringolf poses questions about beauty and ephemerality, volume and corporeality, transformation and new beginnings. She develops her works in an experimental interplay of action and reaction, using a wide variety of materials and objects from everyday life and the hardware store, such as polyurethane foam, epoxy resin, textiles, or car paint.


Exhibitions (Selection)

2021 Light Up, Galerie Bromer, Zurich
2020 Fremdkörper, Lokal 14, Zurich
2018 Phantom Horizon, Kunstraum Kreuzlingen
2015 Loaded Circles, Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil-Jona
2008 Whipped Dream#1, Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz
2003 Demon, Kabinettausstellung, Kunsthalle Helsinki

Literature (Selection)

Galerie Bromer (ed.): Maya Bringolf. Light Up, Zurich 2021.
Peter Stohler and Nina Wolfensberger (ed.): Maya Bringolf. Loaded Circles, Rapperswil-Jona 2015.