Katrine Claassens is a painter from Cape Town, South Africa. She has a degree in Visual Arts from Stellenbosch University and master’s degree in Climate Change from the University of Cape Town. 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 interests in climate change, deep ecology, urban ecology, internet memes and Persian miniatures. Claassens recently received her masters degree in Climate Change and Development. She writes: “I want to make work about climate change, something that keeps me up at night, but often find myself at a loss of how to express my thoughts and feelings about it. Working in the climate change sector, I have found that (understandably) frenzied mitigation and adaptation efforts have left little time for mourning, remembering and witnessing loss that we are experiencing. I try to create breathing space for these things in my paintings.”
Selected Projects & Exhibitions: 2016 – Oracle group exhibition at Salon91; Welcome To The Internet I Will Be Your Guide (solo) 99 Loop Gallery; Reverie, AGOG Gallery; Artemisia, DF Contemporary; Imago Mundi, Pratt Institute; Travel, 10&5, That Art Fair. 2015 – The Persistence of Memory, Untitled Studios; The Grand II, Rust-en-Vrede; Golden Haze, Salon91. 2014 – Fresh Produce, Turbine Art Fair; Five Wolves No Pigs, Montreal. 2013 – Between The Blue Swimming Pools, Association of Visual Arts (solo); Muse, Casa Labia; Fissure, Commune1; In Good Company, Irma Stern Museum Gallery; Home is Wherever You Are, Salon91. 2012 – Die Landskap van Vrouwees, Grevilleas Gallery, Shoes From Chinese Ships, Salon91, I’d Rather Be Swimming, Salon91. 2011 – The Jacaranda Girls and Other Stories, Salon91 (solo). 2009 – The Birds/ Les Oiseaux, Cheap as Candy, Syndrome, Montreal (solo). 2008 -Sasol New Signatures Exhibition, Pretoria Arts Museum; ABSA Atelier, ABSA Gallery. 2007 – Greatest Hits, AVA Gallery;Timo Smuts Art Prize, University of Stellenbosch Gallery. Collections: Africana Special Section at Stellenbosch University’s JS Gericke Library, Stellenbosch; Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, Atlanta.;Spier Collection, Stellenbosch.