‘Unnatural History’ – Annika Karskens

‘Unnatural History’ by Annika Karskens

2 –  26 November 2022
Celebration Drinks – Saturday 5th November, 2 – 4pm.

This series explores biophilia1 in the context of environmental catastrophe. Made with discarded aluminium coffee capsules, it links natural forms with the very human habits which destroy them.


Aluminium production is a highly polluting industry whose products are often made to be discarded. These products have a relatively short lifespan compared with the time they spend in landfill.


Drawing from the luminous qualities of aluminium, Unnatural History contrasts the ugliness of pollution with the beauty of fine craftsmanship. It challenges its audience to reinterpret a waste product as a precious keepsake. As each piece is worn, it serves as a reminder to consider our everyday practices of disposal, and our connection to the natural world.


1 Biophilia

(according to a theory of the biologist E. O. Wilson) an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world.

ROOM SHEET WITH PICS – unnatural history room sheet

Waste to Wildflowers – Artist Demonstration

Location: Bridget Kennedy Project Space, 53 Ridge St North Sydney
Date/Time: 19 November 2022, 1 – 2pm

Join Annika Karskens as she demonstrates how she transforms used coffee capsules into wearable art.

NOTE: this is a pay what you value event – so when booking, first enter an amount from $0 upwards before selecting ticket number – Book Here