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Gokula Stoffel’s practice is concerned with expanding the classic genre of painting through the incorporation of woven textiles and assembled fabrics. Similarly, she uses pictorial thinking to approach sculptural making on scales that range from the intimate and hand held, to larger formats. She is inspired by a restless interest in existential questioning and expresses this via the use of various supports, techniques and materials. Through painting, she seeks to create an imprint of psychoanalytic ambivalence which can be conflicting or complementary, engaging the viewer and inviting them to join her inquiry. 

During her residency at Gasworks, Stoffel will develop work from readings of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. A 17th century encyclopedic publication that contains a comprehensive meditation on melancholia that supersedes its subject matter and the questions of individual psychology by drawing on the societal and political factors that produce such conditions. Departing from its modern associations with clinical depression, the research concentrates on precedents to understand melancholy as a necessary transient state that is essential for maturing challenging ideas, and a condition that favours creation. 

Gokula Stoffel’s residency is supported by Gasworks’ Brazilian Residency Patrons Circle.

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Biography

Gokula Stoffel lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Persona, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel | Galpão (São Paulo, 2021); Para-Sol, Pivô (São Paulo, 2018); Alvorada de Vênus, Auroras (São Paulo, 2018).

Recent group exhibitions include: Por muito tempo acreditei ter sonhado que era livre, Instituto Tomie Ohtake (São Paulo, 2022); A Parte Maldita, Simões de Assis (São Paulo, 2019); Nightfall, Mendes Wood DM (Brussels, 2018); and Abre Alas #12 at A Gentil Carioca (Rio de Janeiro, 2016).