Logic of Nature

about Hannelie Coetzee

“We need to re-learn the logic of nature in order to continue mindfully”

Hannelie Coetzee sees herself as an ecological artist that studies the effects of man-made systems on the natural environment. She believes her “open source” practice grows an audience that appreciates art whilst contributing to environmental awareness. She uses natural materials, unlikely partnerships and industry waste to build site specific artworks. Her artworks are sometimes permanent, but often ephemeral. Research into the material and the scientific purpose of extracting the material is fundamental to her process.

Hannelie’s work in sculpture and photography is based on the use of these art forms to emotionally engage partners where she sources the materials, audiences, participants and the broader public with place, and as a means to draw audiences to nature and see nature in a new empathetic realm. It specifically aims to integrate science and art to inspire empathy for and engagement with nature.

Born in 1971 in Johannesburg, Hannelie applies her studies — Social Documentary Photography, Social Entrepreneurship, Fine Arts — and knowledge regarding social systems change and sustainability to all future projects and assignments.


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