Katharina Opländer

Katharina OpländerKatharina Opländer

BA Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins 2016


Katharina's collection of work, "The Ruhrgebiet Project" commemorates the industrial history of this area in Germany. The idea is to take “something” from your environment and invest time in understanding it, and it’s semiotics. Through documenting these structures she developed a curiosity into what they symbolically stand for and their history; using drawing as a tool of investigation into a subject.

Environments, nature, textures and shapes are often what inspires her work. For "The Ruhrgebiet Project" she revisited her hometown of Dortmund, in Germany, to document its industrial past. During the 60’s and 70’s Hilla and Bernd Becher visited the area to create their iconic typographic series. Their work was a big influence on the compositional style she has used here.

"What I love about printmaking is that it so versatile, making it suitable for a lot of different styles. It has a moment of “reveal” when the work is created and leaves space for experimentation, those happy accidents and spontaneity!"



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