Using powerless materials such as yarns, glitter, magazines, and other common materials, Kirstine Roepstorff makes collages through a process she calls “appropriarranging”. She came up with this term to explain her process of taking existing images from the world, images with already pre-set meanings, and collaging them to re-arrange the meanings associated with common images in order to give them a new context and a new meaning – a meaning that more accurately addresses her concerns about how things work in the world, and what alternatives exist.
Roepstorff’s collages, as with dreams, are based on images that are recognizable, but that, again like with dreams, are organized in an illogical, irrational, fucked up manner, enabling her to process information and make sense of things in the world. Each of her works is organized around a story, a series of situations, conditions and relationships.
For her first solo exhibition in the United States, Roepstorff will present a series of new mixed media collages incorporating photocopy, beads, sequence, glitter, fabric, plastic, metallic tape, confetti, and cut-outs all installed amongst a group of collaged temporary walls set up throughout the gallery in order to obstruct and disrupt the viewing of the collages on the gallery’s main walls. Exhibited works include a collage that is a tribute to the notion of the last pirate (the person who does not follow rules instead choosing to make their own and as a result make the world a more dangerous place for everyone else!?); one that is about protecting something that is very fragile, like seahorses; and, another that references people floating freely, and without the gravity of rules, and norms.
Kirstine Roepstorff (b. 1972, lives/works in Copenhagen and Berlin) earned a Fine Art degree from the Royal Acedemy of Fine Art in Copenhagen in 2001. Roepstorff’s work has been exhibited in various European museums including Konsthallen-Bohusläns Museum, Bohuslän, Sweden (2003); West Zealand Museum for Contemporary Art, Sorø, DK (2002); Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (2001) and is included in several museum collections in Denmark, including the The National Gallery in Copenhagen.
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