Please join us at 18h30 on the 11th of April for the opening of Katrin Coetzer's latest solo exhibition. Venue: Salon Ninety One. 91 Kloof Street. Cape Town. South Africa.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
A homage in drawing, painting and collage to David Attenborough at 91
With warmth and charm the British broadcaster and naturalist introduced generations to the wonders of the natural world. This collection of images is a visual response of gratitude to his work and the mystery and richness he has given us access to via the TV screen. Attenborough has laid bare the extraordinariness of our planet and continues to do so with great whispered enthusiasm. His fascination precedes our own and this makes him a most compelling muse.
In this deeply uncomfortable extended moment in which it seems humanity is surely headed for ecological armageddon it should follow that our perception of the natural world as an unlimited untouched wilderness must change and be replaced with an understanding that acknowledges its vulnerability and our critical role in it. The natural world as subject matter takes on new meaning in the modern context. The predictable nostalgia and romanticism of landscape imagery now too represents the idea of creeping loss.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Katrin Coetzer was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1985. She completed her undergraduate studies in applied design at Stellenbosch University and later went on to postgraduate studies in illustration at the same institution. She has worked for the past decade as an independent illustrator for various international publications including Vanity Fair and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to her editorial and branding work she has illustrated five books for children and has exhibited her original work in Tokyo, Paris, Madrid and Sydney. Katrin’s deepest fascination is with personal geographies and the intricacies of ecological co-existence. She works primarily with water based pigments and paper.