At the crossroads of paper art and poetry

I am primarily a paper folder and a printmaker, though writing is an integral part of my creative process and is an absolute necessity, like eating and sleeping.

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Stage fright

 

The guiding principles at the heart of my work are :

PLAYFULNESS – VARIATION WITHIN REPETITION – PURPOSE

 

1. PLAYFULNESS

Paper folding is a process that engages most of my senses and is tied to cherished childhood memories.

The feel of the paper grain under my fingers. The rustling sound produced by each fold. The kaleidoscopic changes of pattern and colors as I gradually transform the original sheet of paper…

Hoping to never lose sight of the creative treasures of those early years, I create from a place of play, in a spontaneous and instinctive manner.

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Autoportrait

  2. VARIATION WITHIN REPETITION

I absolutely adore washi, but junk mail is my favorite medium.

Printed on low-quality paper, these commercial ads are extremely standardized and, at first glance, appear to have a very limited expressive range.

However, when repeating the same sequence of folds, over and over again, possibilities of variation within repetition become apparent.

I want to keep exploring these possibilities and to challenge the limits of this widespread and commonplace product of our consumerist economy.

Ikea catalogue tropical flower

Thank you, Ikea catalogue, for the brightly colored sheets of paper!

3- PURPOSE

The years I spent in academia studying linguistics and language didactics shaped the way I think of my art, not as an object, but as an act of language.

The finished product is rarely meant to last. It is more an expression of an ephemeral poetic force than anything else and it has one purpose:

To help the public understand, embrace and celebrate our fragile ecosystems (natural, social and built).

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Catch-a-breath, an installation for MadeHereMN 2017

Karine RUPP-STANKO

P.O.B. : L’Arbresle, France.

Current P.O.R. : Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Other Qualifications : Japanese to French translator, Mother, Lover, Friend, Teacher, Gardener, Cook, Traveler, Knitter.