Stella Brennan is an artist, writer and curator based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Her work has been shown in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Asia, North America and Europe. Her videos have been exhibited in the Sydney and Liverpool Biennials and her installation Wet Social Sculpture, featuring whale song, psychedelic film and a fully operational spa pool, was a nominated finalist in the 2006 Walters Prize.
Brennan curated the exhibitions Nostalgia for the Future (Artspace, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland 1999), Dirty Pixels (Artspace, The Adam Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Waikato Museum of Art and History, 2002-3), and co-curated Cloudland: Digital Art from Aotearoa New Zealand (The Substation Singapore, 2008). She has attended residencies in New York, Sydney, Kirikiriroa Hamilton and Ngāmotu New Plymouth. Brennan has written essays for artists including Ann Veronica Janssens and Patricia Piccinini, as well as art criticism for magazines including Art Asia Pacific, Eyeline Magazine, The New Zealand Listener and Art New Zealand. Brennan co-founded the Aotearoa Digital Arts discussion list. In 2008, she and Su Ballard edited the Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader, the first comprehensive text on digital arts practice in New Zealand.