Shanti Grumbine

“For Beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror which we are still just able to endure…” -- Rainer Maria Rilke, The First Elegy


I transform common items into devotional objects situated between the familiar and symbolic using drawing, printmaking, paper-cutting, and sculpture. Through the excision and reconfiguration of newspaper pages, I gesture towards ideas of censorship, bias, and the effects of trauma on language. I remake articles of cultural production and consumption by hand, stripping them of branding, shifting their context, and teasing out the aesthetic elements of value and desire. In all of my work, the formal conventions of mass media and consumer society collide with the more metaphysical aspects of knowing and believing: hands-on craft, repetition, beauty, and ritual.