We Came at a Time

We Came at a Time
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From August 3 to 19, 2017, 99 Loop Gallery will present We Came at a Time, a solo exhibition of paintings by South African artist, Katrine Claassens. This collection by Claassens is inspired by her recent trip to Antarctica as the official artist accompanying the latest SA Agulhas II scientific research venture.

With Antarctica birthing one of the largest icebergs ever recorded between July 10 and 12, 2017, and the severe drought in Western Cape, climate change has been nipping at the corners of our minds.

Using melted sea-ice collected on Claassen’s trip, as well as watercolour and oil, the paintings create space to remember, to mourn, and most importantly, to empathise 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 the furthest, wildest reaches of the earth.

Katrine Claassens obtained a degree in Visual Arts from Stellenbosch University (2007) and a Master’s degree in Climate Change from the University of Cape Town (2015). After graduating from her first degree, she lived between Quebec and France, developing her artistic practice before moving back to South Africa in 2012.  Her paintings reflect her interest in climate change, deep ecology, urban ecology, and internet memes.

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