about

kathi kæppel is a german animation director and visual artist based in berlin working in the fields of animation, illustration, and installation. she is a master of deconstruction. as if disassembling machinery into its single components, she brings it back together in a facile and playful manner generating complex structures and situations. circle, cube, triangel. again and yet again they appear; the right angle, the 30° angle. she calls it: »playing with bricks.« and: »sorting out the chaos.« her figures are two-dimensional, mechanically nested. even as a solitaire, they carry a depth within that always tells a story. the first impression is lighthearted; after longer observation, they leave a disturbing feeling behind. maybe this is the characteristic on kaeppels work: the ability to combine the extremes. she creates formal simplicity and full blast game. her objects exist as a surface with exceptional depth. kathi kaeppels works – awarded, published and exhibited for multiple times – are the fond, the reduction, the essence. and they have a soul.

— jana petersen

CV

1977 born in heidelberg, germany

since 1997 lives and works in berlin, germany

1997 — 2004 weissensee academy of art berlin, diploma under prof. nanne meyer

since 2001 group and solo exhibitions

1999 — 2005 co-founder design studio »monogatari«

2001 — 2002 university for the creative arts (uca), bfa fine arts under prof. roger noake

2000 — 2007 filmlounge gmbh, head of animation department

2007 — 2014 lecturer, weissensee academy of art berlin

2008 — 2011 lecturer, burg giebichenstein university of art and design halle

since 2009 jury member animated com award, festival of animated film stuttgart

2013 — 2014 curator animated com award, festival of animated film stuttgart

since 2014 visiting professor, weissensee academy of art berlin

GRANTS / AWARDS

2001 recipient, daad grant for one year in great britain

 nomination, max & moritz award, international comic salon erlangen

 flash award, best animated series, berlin beta film festival

2002 award, 1. price backup, weimar

2003 gold award, experimental film & video remi award, the houston international film fest

 silber award, soki-International Illustration & design competition

 animation award, sehsuechte, international student film festival

 award, annual multimedia

 jury award, shorts-welcome

2004 recipient, fulbright grant, one year

 award, 200 best illustrators worldwide, luerzers archive

2009 award, teambank ag

2011 award, communication arts

2016 german design award