Carolin Kropff’s creative practice is rooted in the pictorial traditions of painters such as Katz, Titian, and Goya. In her work Kropff proves the most classical of all media - painting - to be the perfect tool to demonstrate the paradox of the creative process, where articulated thought or concept seeks to become an image. During this act the image tends to escape and the process itself becomes a walk between failure and success of realization. Her focus shifts between interest in the subject (object or a concept), analysis of the creative process, and tolerance of chance with emphasizes on intuition. In her paintings Kropff demonstrates this process with pigment, which she sees as the primary building block in the process of materialization. Painting for Kropff is a materialized process, rather than achievement of a static image.
Larissa Kolesnikova is an independent curator, art adviser and founder of Perceptions Fine Art Consulting. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
"Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art."
- Leonardo da Vinci
In my artistic work, I seek to understand and make visible the connections between personal experience of the world, collective experience, and inherited knowledge. In doing so, I am interested in the question of commonalities of image-making, story-telling and symbolism with their inherent possibilities of communication, collaboration and sense of belonging to each other and to time, as well as questioning the extent to which possible answers are also reflected in the methods of making that have been, and in some cases still are, passed down from generation to generation (e.g. the multi-layered oil painting of the Renaissance and Baroque, craft methods, and here especially those related to textiles and fibers). Over time, the beholder became more and more the focus of my attention. Thus I shape the STUDIOSPACE Lange Strasse 31 with its the STUDIOWORKSHOP 31 as an organically developing platform for exchange with others.
My work moves between the fields of fine art, methods of production - craftsmanship - and the mediation of art; it ranges from painting, printmaking, textile art to SEA projects (Socially Engaged Art), with which the circle is completed.
I am convinced that we can learn from the experiences and marks of those who came before us, that these experiences are reflected in the stories, symbols and methods of making that have been passed down to us, that there is a knowledge that is universal and timeless.
Together w my collaboration partneres and visitors the STUDIOSPACE Lange Strasse 31 is created as dynamically developing space to explore artistic and textile design processes and to test forms of communication and inclusivity in a general sense in art. The STUDIO WORKSHOP 31 see itself as a laboratory space for trying out and developing forms of participation in art.
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), Museum am Ostwall (G), Dortmund, Portikus in Frankfurt (G), Germany.
In XVA Gallery (S), The Pavillon (S), Tashkeel (G), DUCTAC (G), Gallery 1x1 (G) in Dubai,
Sharjah Art Museum (G) in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Laboratoire d'Art St. Nicolas Stairs Gemayzeh (E), Beirut, Lebanon.
MACS - Museum of Contemporary Art (G) in Sorocaba, Brazil.
Wolfstaedter Galerie (E), Ausstellungshalle 1a (G), Galerie Perpétuel (G), STUDIOSPACE Lange Strasse 31 (G) in Frankfurt/M, Germany.
Carolin Kropff, bildende Künstlerin, Atelier Studio Space Lange Strasse 31, Frankfurt. Malerei, Zeichnung, Druckkunst, Textilkunst, Kollaboration, Performance, Fotografie, Studio Praxis.