Born in France to a multicultural family of environmental activists, Karine Rupp-Stanko collects words and scraps of used materials to piece together a variety of visual and immersive experiences that connect people to each other and to their environment. 

Her most recent body of work—narrative pieces that break free of the physical boundaries of a book—explores ideas of place and belonging. How does living in a second or third language environment affect one’s identity, adding to the disorientation of immigration?

A recent graduate of MCBA’s Book Arts Certificate program, Rupp-Stanko holds a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics and has translated over a hundred Japanese graphic novels and comic books for Glénat, a renowned French publisher.

Her artwork has been shown in local galleries and she has worked in collaboration with Made Here MN, Forecast Public Art, Saint Paul Public Art and, most recently, Art@MSP.    

An educator at heart, she also holds “social folding” workshops at community events in Saint Paul and Minneapolis on a variety of themes, such as food justice and pollination.

Other Qualifications : Mother, Lover, Friend, Teacher, Gardener, Cook, Observer.