My artistic practice reflects my search for the commonalities of image-making and storytelling, with their inherent possibilities for communication, collaboration, and a sense of belonging to each other and to time. Thus, my artistic work moves between the fields of visual art, methods of making and mediating art; ranging from painting, printmaking, textile art to SEA projects (Socially Engaged Art), going full circle.Hence, my research relates to the intersection of contemplation and making practice, exploring commonalities between image making, storytelling, folkloric and social motifs, and traditional and improvisational methods of making. This included ancestral stories and techniques passed down from generation to generation, with the belief that we can learn from the experiences of those who came before us, that there is a knowledge that is universal and timeless.
Over time the beholder became more and more the focus of my interest. I understand STUDIOSPACE Lange Strasse 31, the project work,  workshop talks, the studio workshop and the open meetings, which take place there and elsewhere, as a part of my artistic work.

With the STUDIOSPACE Lange Strasse 31 I create a dynamically developing space to explore artistic and textile design processes and to test forms of communication and inclusivity in art. The studio project and the studio workshop see themselves as a laboratory space to try out forms of communicating art and to develop new formats.

I studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1991-1995) and graduated from the Städelschule Frankfurt (1996 -1998). From 1989-1991 I worked as a costume assistant and men's tailor at the Theater Dortmund. I completed my mens tailoring apprenticeship at the bespoke tailor workshop Schmidt, Wiemeringhausen, with distinction (1985-88). From 1999 - 2002 I maintained a studio in Madrid, Spain and 2006 - 2011 in Dubai, UAE. Since 2015 I have been collaborating with British artist and fashion designer Felicity Brown.
In 2020 I founded the STUDIOSPACE Lange Straße 31 in Frankfurt am Main. The project work is supported by the Kulturamt Frankfurt and the Frauenreferat Frankfurt. I have three children and live and work in Frankfurt am Main and Bad Vilbel.

Exhibitions at home and abroad (selection)
Museum Beckum (G), Tierhaus in Dortmund (G), Portikus in Frankfurt (G), Germany.
In XVA Gallery (E), Der Pavillon (E), Tashkeel (G), DUCTAC (G), Gallery 1x1 (G) in Dubai,
Sharjah Art Museum (G) in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
At the Laboratoire d'Art St. Nicolas Stairs Gemayzeh (E), Beirut, Lebanon.
At Wolfstaedter Gallery (E), Ausstellungshalle 1a (G), Galerie Perpétuel (G) in Frankfurt, Germany.
At MACS - Museum of Contemporary Art (G) in Sorocaba, Brazil.


 

Carolin Kropff, bildende Künstlerin, Atelier Studio Space Lange Strasse 31, Frankfurt. Malerei, Zeichnung, Druckkunst, Textilkunst, Kollaboration, Performance, Fotografie, Studio Praxis.