With Antarctica birthing one of the largest icebergs ever recorded between the 10th and 12th of July this year, and the severe drought in Western Cape, climate change has been nipping at the corners of our minds.
Read an article about Claassens's trip to Antarctica here.
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Using melted sea-ice collected on Claassens's recent accompaniment on a scientific cruise to Antarctic waters, with watercolour and oil, the paintings create space to remember, to mourn, and most importantly, to empathize with our melting world. Drawing on her work, research and experiences both in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, the works touch upon humanity’s fingerprints at furthest, wildest reaches of the earth.
Katrine Claassens is a painter from Cape Town, South Africa. Her last solo show at 99 Loop looked at tranquilizing effect of the internet, especially memes. She has an Honours degree in Visual Art and a Masters in Climate Change.
For more information about UCT's Marine Research Institute, visit their website.
Click below to listen to Claassens & Assoc. Prof. Marcello Vichi, Director of the Institute, discussing their work on SAfm):