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Katrin Spranger

1976, Hamburg, Germany

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Katrin Spranger is an activist and visual artist working with sculpture, jewellery and performance. She creates dystopian narratives that engage with the environment, consumer culture, science fiction and natural resources threatened with depletion.

Past 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. Forging different experiences for viewer and wearer, Spranger's interactive pieces comprise permanent and deteriorative elements that critique societal norms of beauty and value.

Spranger’s most recent work Aquatopia adopts a critical view of our fresh water supply, its increasing demand and pollution. Inspired by traditional water systems, the futuristic Aquatopia objects reappropriate original plumbing parts and laboratory found objects in order to reimagine familiar drinking vessels, scooping bowls, faucets and storages, including a bath tub. Made from copper and glass – traditionally associated with the transport and storage of water – the Aquatopia objects are produced via electroforming: a process in which a layer of copper is deposited on a conductive surface. Decorative, plant-like formations on each vessel reflect life's dependency on water.

With a background in traditional goldsmithing, Spranger holds a Master of Fine Arts from Konstfack University, Stockholm. She is a co-founder and director of the K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery and teaches art and design qualifications in London.