A visual artist working on the intersection of sculpture, jewellery, and performance, exploring dystopian narratives that engage with environmental issues including the depletion of natural resources.
Katrin Spranger is a visual artist working on the intersection of sculpture, jewellery, and performance. Her work explores dystopian narratives that engage with environmental issues including the depletion of natural resources.
Her practice has included the development of crude oil into jewellery that melts on the body as well as the 3D-printing of honey into edible art. Katrin’s Aquatopia collection adopts a critical view of our freshwater supply, its increasing demand, and pollution. Her water sculptures reappropriate plumbing parts and laboratory-found objects to reimagine familiar drinking vessels, water storage, and a bathtub. Made from copper and lab glass stained with limescale, the Aquatopia objects are produced via electroforming: a process in which a layer of copper is deposited on a conductive surface.
Creating performances and sculpture, Katrin explores the aesthetics of decay and metamorphosis. Her work comprises permanent and fluid, deteriorative elements, which challenge societal norms of beauty. Although her work stretches across a variety of different media, it can all be characterised as bold, expressive and dark.
Being a passionate educator, in 2016 Katrin co-founded K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery in London, where she teaches art and design qualifications. She is also an associate artist at the Climate Museum UK, an experimental museum that curates and gathers responses to the Earth crisis.
Creative Showcase Katrin has contributed a piece on her performance video 1.8 to our Creative Showcase, an evolving collection of new and recent works from our members. Katrin's piece powerfully uses performance with oil itself to bring home the global impact of pollution and waste on our oceans and wildlife, visually depicting how much crude oil we consume and release daily.