Mixed Media, 212 x 66 inches, Courtesy the artist.
Artist Kirstine Roepstorff was born and trained in Denmark, but lives and works in Berlin. Her complex and fantastical collages use found materials, fabric, and sourced images from books, papers, and magazines. By removing the images from their original context and regrouping and reforming associations, she creates alternate worlds that challenge the stability of the world from which those images were culled. Work by the artist is currently on view at RH Gallery in New York.
The image is a simple collage with paper glued on paper. I work primarily intuitively; a collage can jump from a picture that tricks a certain sensibility in me or it starts as a formless sensation and my job is then to densify the formlessness to a matter and let the images come forward to me. My working process is an ongoing balance between following, analyzing and emphasizing. To me, collage is a way of thinking; perhaps I've always collaged but not materialized it till recently, this is the last 12-14 years.
The man in the image is a someone walking down a staircase. He has duplicates walking next to him.
Architecture creates psychical room for us to relate to and to act within. The densities of the banisters are dissolving. I believe them to be metaphors of stability or something to hold on to. In this picture they are losing their form and function.
The piece is 212 x 66 inches. I often work in larger scale. I find is nice that the images have a direct relation to our physical bodies.
The piece has a narrative, but it's not a narrative as on a timeline, as we know it from books, where the story develops through time. This picture is a story told like a holistic moment.
This story doesn't need color. It would just confuse the intent.
"Acedia," the title of Swiss photographer Olivier Richon's exhibition at Ibid Projects, describes a state of indolence, reverie and torpor.