Born in 1984 in Antwerp, Stéphanie Poppe is a paper & embroidery artist, influenced by her family’s history. Occasionally, she likes to implement techniques from her profession (writer & conservator/restorer) into her artwork.
Since 2013, she started developing her own artistic style, calculated yet intuitive, always remaining curious about the synergistic relationship between art and architecture, nature and culture, history and the present. The harmonious state of coexistence between a more permanent condition and the ephemeral. Like a spider, she creates intricate yet minimalistic structures that reflect this fragile equilibrium.
A recurring theme is a synergy between urban and rural life – how both are interdependent and can be complementary.
Patience, balance, and harmony are key concepts in her art.
“I don’t believe art needs to convey any kind of specific message. It can be a powerful medium through but doesn’t have to be per se. Art, in my opinion, must generate emotions… positive emotions preferably – peacefulness, balance… those are feelings that I try to reflect in my work. Atmospheres which reflect harmony… These can be found anywhere, even in the biggest urban centers. Synergies between rest and action, past and present, nature and culture. The world can be such an unsparingly rough place at times, and I believe it is important to look for those atmospheres. They can be temporary (like rain reflecting in streetlights) or lasting. They keep us balanced in this fast-paced world and bring us back to the essentials.”