Katrin Spranger is a visual artist working on the intersection of sculpture, jewellery, and performance. Katrin explores dystopian worlds that engage with the environment and 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 original plumbing parts and laboratory-found objects to reimagine familiar drinking vessels, water storages, a bathtub, and a fountain. Made from copper and glass, the Aquatopia objects are produced via electroforming: a process in which a layer of copper is deposited on a conductive surface. Creating performances, Katrin’s pieces comprise permanent and deteriorative elements, which question societal norms of beauty and decay. Although her work is not invested in any style or medium, most of it can be characterised by a melancholic dark aesthetic, to combat her preoccupations and fears of death. With a background in traditional goldsmithing, Katrin holds a Master of Fine Arts from Konstfack University, Stockholm. Being a passionate educator, Katrin co-founded the K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery in 2016, where she teaches art and design qualifications in London.
Main image: Aquatopia Bath with taps waste and tray: collaboration with Chadder and Co [image by Will Cooper 2018]