Karine Rupp-Stanko creates printed and folded pieces that explore the most ephemeral and fragile aspects of our natural and social ecosystems.
An educator at heart, she also holds “social folding” performances at community events in Saint Paul and Minneapolis on themes related to the environment and food justice.
Her folded pieces, prints and installations often evoke natural rhythms and cycles, with a focus on the vegetal and insect realms. They are expressions of a profound interest in nature that traces its roots back to her upbringing.
During the past two years, in an effort to advocate for more responsible consumption and recycling habits, she has been reevaluating materials that others might discard, such as junk mail and packaging materials.
Her latest work focuses on the binary elements that we use to assess what we see: natural/manmade, real/fake, city/nature, dead/alive being some of the most obvious. While exploring the intersections where these binary elements break down, she also questions the role that language plays in that process, shaping our experience of nature and the stories we tell ourselves about our surroundings.
Karine Rupp-Stanko was born in France, into a multicultural family of immigrants and environmental activists. An early passion for non-alphabetical writing systems took her to Japan, where she fell in love with washi paper, as well as with her future husband, who came from Minnesota.
The years Karine spent studying linguistics shaped the way she thinks of her work, not as an object, but as an act of language.The finished product is rarely meant to last. It is an expression of an ephemeral poetic force and it has one purpose:
To help the public understand, embrace and celebrate our fragile ecosystems (natural, social and built).
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.