First New Year card designed by Maya Bringolf

Bohrorgel 1, 2015 Digitale Collage
Maya Bringolf, Bohrorgel 1, 2015 Digitale Collage

My artist’s practice consists of sculpture / installations and photographic collages. I am interested in cycles, the surreal, the baroque, kinds of organ sound in the microtonal range (interference), sacred spaces, the halls of stock exchanges, and oil rigs. By combining different levels, I am able to fuse apparently contrasting realities to create something new, something surreal.

In my most recent photocollages, the interior of a church with its furniture encounters rooms in a stock exchange and their interior furnishings. The starting material comprises graphical metafiles from the Internet, and books. The partly imperfect quality of the internet files is part of the concept; they form part of our visual reality, which is what interests me. That is, some components of the prints are sharp and in focus, others are blurred, and I bring them into balance.

Maya Bringolf

For the fourth series of New Year cards we have chosen an artist from Zurich whom we have come to know and appreciate through her work with organ pipes. As well as having an extremely wide range of artistic creativity, Maya Bringolf has for years been tackling organs and how organ pipes operate. Possibly she was influenced early on by her mother, an organist in Schaffhausen. Her photo collages, produced on paper, put the organ as a musical instrument in a highly unusual context. Her installations with organ pipes include sound elements. The collocation of elements that initially appear to be utterly at variance with one another surprises, fascinates and stimulates.

Kuhn Organbuilders Ltd

Brief biography:

Maya Bringolf

Born in 1969 in Schaffhausen, 1992 - 1994 the School of Art and Design, Ho-chschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zurich, 1994 – 2000 Academy of Fine Arts Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Zurich, 2001 Diplom work, 2011 Reader in Sculpture, F+F School for Art and Media Design Schule für Kunst und Mediendesign, Zurich

Participation in many international solo and group exhibitions, publications and various prizes, works in museums and private collections in Switzerland and abroad.