Katie Glaskin’s research areas include the anthropology of Indigenous Australia, dreams, personhood, creativity, property, and more recently, extinction(s). Her work is characterised by its cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary engagements, with publications spanning psychological anthropology, neuroanthropology, legal anthropology, environmental anthropology and the anthropology of art. She has published on dreams, sleep, creativity, personhood, death, memory, emotion, human- robot interactions, perception and aesthetics, property contests and transformations, and law as social process.
“My current research focuses on extinction and de-extinction, with publications in this area in preparation and under review. I am also a practising painter and printmaker and my work in this area is in constant dialogue with my anthropological research. The submitted images are linocut prints which draw on historical images of the thylacine (an extinct carnivorous marsupial) to explore aspects of extinction and de-extinction. These images have been shown as part of larger exhibitions in Western Australia in 2018 and 2019.
For the Term of her Natural Life (image 1, based on a photograph by Myra Sargent), showing a young caged thylacine, draws a parallel with human incarceration in a context where no ‘crime’ has been committed.
Scent of a Falling Dark [image 2] links extinction with intimations about the future.
What Lies Beneath [image 3] links extinction and capitalism through referencing the Perth city skyline which is dominated by the tall buildings of resource extraction companies.
In Reproduction [image 4], a thylacine looks towards the thylacine embryos in specimen bottles being parachuted towards the sky, and refers to the idea of cloning extinct animals using the DNA of remnant museum specimens.”