“I am attracted to shapes, but most of all to the space that exists between the shapes” Kirstine Roepstorff
The time has come to try to understand Kirstine Roepstorff’s explosive and intricate but emotionally charged collages now that she’s been selected to represent Denmark in the 2017 Venice Biennale. While there is a marked shift in style from the early photomontage style works as shown in Hidden Truth and You Are Being Lied To (2002) to the recent pure collage type, the underlying desire to express the social and geo-political issues of contemporary society have not changed.
“Jack knows he does not know, but he does not know that Jill does not know she does not know he knows he does not know.” – from “Knots” by R.D. Laing
Both Hidden Truth (2002) and You Are Being Lied To (2002) deal with the same issue; the reality portrayed in the media, and the reality of the situation, or the truth, which has been ‘hidden’ from us along with a host of problems, sustainability, realistic expectations, dream-house, dream-car, dream-vacation etc..