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Kirstin Rabe

Kirstin Rabe's artistic work is characterised by diverse transformation processes.

Rabe reinterprets the technique of papermaking by casting sheets of paper from old newspapers, cotton pulp, pigments and binders in a sustained and almost meditative process. In further working steps, these sheets are formed into layered or knotted reliefs. In various groups of works, the broken, wavy lines of countless layers of paper strung together suggest constant movement.

In their totality, however, these reliefs radiate clarity and calm, visualising elemental phenomena of light, colour and texture. Rabe senses and explores the special materiality and haptics of the fragile material paper in order to experiment with ever new technical and creative possibilities.

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Kirstin Rabe, born in Hamburg in 1971, initially studied surveying at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg. After an inspirational stay of several years in South Korea, the graduate engineer took the path to art in 2007 and completed academic art studies in Berlin. Since 2012 she has been working with the material paper. Kirstin Rabe lives in Schildow in Brandenburg and runs her studio in the Kuenstlerhof Frohnau, located in the far north of Berlin. Kirstin Rabe is a member of BBK Brandenburg, VBK Berlin and IAPMA (International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists). Her works are represented in public and private collections worldwide.

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