Veronika Schäpers

Karlsruhe Germany
"I am an artist who makes folded things, objects that some define as books." —V. Schapers, Berkeley, CA 2013

"Coming to Japan almost a decade ago with a scholarship after graduation I joined a paper shop in the Bunkyo ward of Tokyo for an internship. The extraordinary selection of paper and the very traditional hierarchy I experienced during the day stood in a harsh contrast to what happened outside this small shop.

Working with the finest papers and dyeing them with natural colors I got a feeling for the refined materials you still find in Japan but since this shop is located in Tokyo I also got attracted very much by the fast changing and glittering aspects of modern Japan.

The love and openness to new materials and techniques side by side to the awareness of the tradition is what really impresses me and I feel very close to. It is e.g. not the empty tatami-style room you find in Tokyo but small apartments filled with stuffed toys and flat screen Televisions as well as old chests and valuable ceramics.

This describes very much my working situation in Japan, on the one hand I love the refined working materials and tools you can get and for most of my projects these are the starting point. But I also begin to add on a certain point very ordinary or non-valuable materials and techniques taken from daily life which evoke a new visual and haptic experience.

The very starting point of every book is the text I select to work with and while reading and thinking about it I start to collect materials which could be used."

- Veronika Schapers
In Collection
University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)
University of San Diego (USD)
Cerritos Library
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IUPUI
Yale University; Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
University of Wisconsin (Madison), Special Collections
Carleton College
University of Connecticut (UCONN)
Long Island University
Carleton College
The University of North Carolina--Greensboro (UNC)
Newberry Library
The Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI)
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The University of Chicago Library
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
University of Louisville
Williams College, Chapin Library of Rare Books
University of Connecticut (UCONN)
Reed College
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Princeton University
University of Delaware Library
Swarthmore College
The New York Public Library (NYPL)
University of Miami
Bowdoin College
University of California at Irvine (UCI)
The University of Iowa (UIowa)
Scripps College, Denison Library
University of California at Los Angeles, William Andrews Clark Library (UCLA)
College of Saint Benedict; St. John's University
Florida Atlantic University (FAU), The Jaffe Book Arts Collection
University of Minnesota
University of Kansas
University of Southern California (USC)
University of California at San Diego (UCSD)
Temple University
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
University of Vermont (UVM)
Oberlin College
Multnomah County Public Library
Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)
Occidental College
Stanford University
Harvard University Art Library
Boston Athenaeum
Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Room
Library of Congress (LoC)
University of Kansas; Spencer Museum of Art
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Indiana University
Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF)