Kirstine Roepstorff

There is a simplicity and direction in Kirstine Roepstroff‘s work I admire. Her use of different materials, such as photocopies, fabric and cuttings produce a range of textures and effects in her work that fit perfectly together, even it feels like they shouldn’t. Her most recent work, Structures can be viewed at the Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London until 12th of January, 2013.

Roepstroff was born in Denmark but splits her time between Copenhagen and Berlin. In 2011, her work was included  in the praised group exhibition, Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany at the Saatchi Gallery. Her strong view point rightly saw her included in the 24 strong group of Germany’s leading contemporary artists. In her own words, her style involves the ‘reduction from the formless [and is] one of the challenging and exciting conditions of art making’.

Her created form from the formless is mesmerising. On my visit to Pippy Houldsworth’s beautiful gallery nestled in Piccadilly, Roepstroff’s large canvases hang masterfully on the walls. Her collages are profound but do not cross the bounds to being overwhelming. By layering a myriad of symbols and symbology, you get a depth to the reading of these poetic landscapes as a whole and in part. How you read Roepstroff’s work including Enlighten Structures above, with it’s over-sized Chinese lanterns and a man fishing, is left to the viewer. I find this element of control given to the viewer refreshing.

In Structures, in the midst of the layering of Chinese lanterns, poetry and fabric there is still enough of the formless, in the spaces between the images, for introspection.

Kirstine Roepstorff

Presence of Absence, 2012

Kirstine Roepstorff

Presence of Density, 2012

All photos courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London. Opening hours Mon- Fri 10-6, Sat 10-4.

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