The paradox of working with art, from my point of view, lies in the process of using the resources and inspiration of the formless and in trying to find a proper form for it in order to transmit the sensibility. This reduction from the formless is to me one of the challenging and exciting conditions of art making.- Kirstine Roepstorf
Kirstine Roepstorff (Denmark, 1972) is a visual artist, living and working in Denmark.She studied at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark (1994-2001) and Rutgers University, Mason School of Fine Art (MFA), USA (2000).
Kirstine Roepstorff’s basis is collages incorporating media images that visualize existing power relations and critically deal with the history and failures of political ideas. By editing and decomposing the original material her works generate new contexts that opens up spaces for negotiation and new narratives. The collages are often large using different materials like fabrics, photocopies, cuttings, foils, brass, wood and paper.
In the past 5-6 years Kirstine has broadened her collage practice by incorporating sculptural elements into her work creating new visual and bodily engaging experiences. Balance is a key word for Kirstine. Her works are often composed around horizontal lines, whose divisions reflect different layers of consciousness.
Kirstine Roepstorff has an extensive backlist with major solo exhibitions and international experience. She represents Denmark at the 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennial di Venezia, 2017 with the exhibition influenza. theatre of glowing darknesss. She has held numerous solo exhibitions among others at Andersens’s Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK (2016); Svit, Prague, CZ (2015); Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, DE (2014); Kunstpalais Erlangen, Erlangen, DE (2013); Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, CH (2010); National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, NO (2010); Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck and Stadtgalerie Schwarz, AT (2010).
In recent years, Roepstorff has createdseveral large scale public art projects including an upcoming installation at Middelfart Townhall (2017), a major mural decoration at Lillebælt Hospital in Kolding (2016), "The Gong" for Dokk1, the Urban Media Space Aarhus (2015), and "Klangfrø" for the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen (2014).Her work is included in the permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, NO; The Royal Museum of Fine Art, Copenhagen, DK among others.