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"Observation is at the root of my work. In order to create, we must consider the the source - the world, it’s cycles, patterns and ever changing nature. When use our sense perceptions, our minds we begin to reflect.  My practice is no different often acts as another sense perception. Through my art practice I digest the world. I do this by creating self-fulfilling Rorschach tests. Every work, whether rigorously planned or created spontaneously and intuitively tells me more about myself and about the world around me. Everything I create is made manifest in some way as collage or a hybrid, either of materials, textures, or subject matter. While this speaks to the idea of the fragment, it also speaks to the concept of the whole. Through this lens, the work takes on various concepts, such as sustainability, the anthropocene, class, trauma, and identity."

Vincent Stemmler was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Stemmler holds an associate’s in the arts from St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley Community College, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from Southern University Illinois Edwardsville and is currently an adjunct professor at St. Louis Community at College Florissant Valley.


Photo : Moira Smith

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