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The prevailing theme in the work of CIT Crawford College of Art and Design graduate Katrīna Tračuma is humankind’s estrangement from nature, as viewed through the lens of our relationships with other species. An innate tendency of humans to anthropomorphize fellow animals and the psychology behind that tendency also informs the work. This dysfunctional kinship is explored through the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, print and installation; using mostly salvaged and reused materials – as maintaining an environmentally friendly artistic practice is an important aspect of the work. Utilising bright pigments and striking colour combinations, to draw attention to this matter in an engaging way, bold brushstrokes are balanced with intricate details in a language of symbolic imagery and metaphors.