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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Vita
Katharina Forster studied fine art at Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town, South Africa, where she lived and worked for several years. It is here where she initiated, coordinated and curated some unconventional exhibitions with other artists outside the usual white cube. She relocated back to Berlin where she works in her studio in Werder (Havel) for exhibitions and public art events.

2020 founder and board member of VulkanKunstWerke e.V.
2018-2019 three month artist-in-residency in South Africa
since 2015 works at Atelier Vulkanfiber Fabrik, Werder (H.)
2014 moved to Werder Havel (near Berlin)
2010-2013 freelance artist in Cape Town, R.S.A.
2010 Diploma in Fine Arts with distinction at the Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town, R.S.A.
2000-2007 trained and worked as an occupational therapist, Berlin, Germany

GRANTS/ STIPENDS/ BURSARIES:
2020&2021 working grant / Land Brandenburg
2019 Studio grant / Land Brandenburg
2016-2017 working stipend from Stiftung für Mensch und Gesellschaft, Bochum, Germany
2015 nominated for Wahrsteiner Art Award, Cologne, Germany
2011 working stipend viastudienaktie.org, Luzern, Swizzerland
2008 & 2009 bursary for excellent academic achievements, of Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town
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Exhibitions
2020 FREIRAUM - Soloshow at Vulkanfiberfabrik, Werder
2018-2019 Artist in residency, South Africa
2018 Der Fundus 10 Jahre Kunstgeschoss Werder (Havel)
2018 ART:ICH, Kunsthalle Brennabor, Brandenburg
2018 Revierkunst, Herten
2018 StART, Berlin
2017 ArtMuc, München
2016: Stadt-Raum-Kunst Kamenz, Germany
2016 Een en Een-Katharina Forster, Babette Woltemath, Kunstgeschoss, Werder (Havel), Germany
2016 ARTiges, Kunstverein Ottobrunn, Germany (C)
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Publications
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Group Exhibitions
Exhibition list (Selection):

2020: Rucksack, A global Poetry Patchwork, Piccolo Museo, Piacenca, Italy
2020: Spurenwandlung II, digitale Performance, Kloster Lehnin
2019: Spurenwandlung I, Performance, Kloster Lehnin
2018: Art Camp II, Villa Francke, Potsdam,
2018: ART:ICH, Kunsthalle Brennabor, Brandenburg (C)
2018: Revierkunst, Herten
2018: StART, Berlin
2017: ArtMuc, München
2016: Stadt-Raum-Kunst Kamenz, Germany
2016: Een en Een-Katharina Forster, Babette Woltemath, Kunstgeschoss, Werder (Havel), Germany
2016: ARTiges, Kunstverein Ottobrunn, Germany (C)
2015: About the Young and Old, Künstlerverein Walkmühle, Wiesbaden, Germany (C)
2015: Duty of Care, Katharina Forster und Stephan Groß, GroupGlobal3000, Berlin,
2014: Slowness, GroupGlobal3000, Berlin
2013: Black and Yellow, 3rd Installation, Studio 41, Cape Town, South Africa
2013: Bees work in Teams, ONE DAY Art, Muizenberg Park, South Africa (C)
2012: Kill your Darlings, Video Exhibition, Greatmore Studios, Woodstock, South Africa
2012: Drawn to Red, ONE DAY Art, Villa Rosa, Muizenberg,
2011: Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italien
2010: Overture, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town (C)
2008: Re-Nude, Exposure Gallery, Cape Town

(C=Catalogue)
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
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.
Katharina Forster, Holz, Mixed Media
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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