Katharina Forster

Comrades I - XI

Used and found materials are bound together in a confined round space by copper wire or thread. This series of works dates back to 2017 and has become a vivid image for 2020/2021's governmental refinements people all over the world experienced.



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Abmessungen : 4 cm x 21 cm x 21 cm (Height, Width, Depth)
Gewicht : 500 kg
Jahr : 2017
Material : Holz, Mixed Media, Kunststoff, Sonstige, Metall, Textil, Marmor, Kunstharz, Stein, Naturstoffe, Glas, Keramik

Katharina Forster

As an interdisciplinary artist I work in sculpture and installation using everyday materials such as used teabags, candle wax, colourful plastics and others. Others might include empty birds nests, 1-Euro cents or pacifiers and disposable diapers.

I am intrigued by the diversity and interconnectedness of our world today.
How whatever we do today, no matter how small or big, affects others on an immediate and global scale.
Thus, I like to draw connections between different topics, which reflect in my work through my choice of materials and technique. It is the work with my hands which eventually brings the whole sculpture or object together.
Finding my inspiration in everyday life and it's global relevance, I am guided by a strong sense for creating a sustainable and peaceful life and caring for nature.​
Having graduated in fine art in South Africa, the history and culture of this country play an important role in my artistic practice. Economic, political, environmental and social issues find their way into my sculptures and installations.

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Receiving (rape)| caring - protecting - influencing
CARING PROTECTING INFLUENCING These are images of a group of nine cradle shaped objects. They convey a variety of perspectives we can choose from when looking at the process of receiving a child as well as looking at possible relationships between us and our children, might they be born already or not, might we be their biological parents or not.
Katharina Forster, Holz, Metall
Persistence - following colour
'Persistence - following colour' ponders about the usage of colour in todays world. All colour used for these works are found objects and often discarded items. Throughout history it has been with great effort to find suitable colours for art especially painting. With the rise of oil for plastics and synthetic colour production, society is able to even add a 4 colour print on to toilet paper. All images are available as prints.
Katharina Forster
Persistence (brown)
'Persistence - following colour' ponders about the usage of colour in todays world. All colour used for these works are found objects and often discarded items. Throughout history it has been with great effort to find suitable colours for art especially painting. With the rise of oil for plastics and synthetic colour production, society is able to even add a 4 colour print on to toilet paper.
Katharina Forster
Remains
Remains is started as a small series of works, where found plastics were placed onto wooden boards. Those boards where used as antler boards and serve now as a way to showcase remains from modern worlds. In my work I tend to connect different themes and materials. I am intrigued by the diversity and interconnectedness of our world today. How whatever we do today, no matter how small or big, affects others on an immediate and global scale.
Katharina Forster, Holz, Kunststoff
Alienation (hang man)
Alienation (hang man) is made from used and discarded life saving vests. Forster approaches new material often through careful dismantling and reassembling. The original shape of the vest has been sewn together in a new way and filled with plastic bags. This piece of art is part of a series of seven works. MEasurements and wight vary.
Katharina Forster, Stein, Mixed Media
Proliferation
Used teabags have been part of my work since 2010. Used and reused am I intrigued by the fragility and cushion like appearance. Since I reuse and even misuse those, I play with the meaning of those words: used, reused, misused, abused. Therefore I combine teabags with other materials whenever I feel something is used in an unhealthy way.
Katharina Forster
Fashion revisited
Clothing labels and teabags form a body of work which is finished once 1136 labels have been sewn onto a teabag each by the artist. Called 'fashion revisited' I dedicate each teabag to one worker who died in a clothing factory 2015 in Bangladesh. Most well known clothing companies in Europe and the USA exploit cheap labour in for example asian countries. With the sale of each teabag work I donate 25% to the Women Foundation Nepal to support women in becoming successful and honoured employers.
Katharina Forster, Holz, Mixed Media
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