Kim Bartelt was born in Berlin, Germany. She studied art history in Paris, then painting at the Parsons School of Design in New York where she concluded with the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. She trained in painting yet abandoned the medium in favour of using found paper in her compositions. Bartelt painstakingly pastes layers of transluscent paper that she has collected over many years. These re-used fragments allude to their past applications, bringing residual backstories together into a new unified whole and belying the seemingly solid minimalism of the overall composition.