Meandmyhands-Visual Art by Katharina Forster
INTEGRITY, Razorwire, teabags, thread, vegetable mesh and glue. Dimensions variable
1. The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
2. The state of being whole and undivided: "territorial integrity"
This installation is part of a process dealing with personal and territoral integrity. Inspired by the story of San Remo (an abandoned house in the city center of Cape Town) and its former inhabitants (homeless people, drug dealers, drug addicts and sex worker), boundaries and overstepped boundaries are an important aspect of their lifes. I consider abuse or misuse, reuse and being used in my work as ways of ignoring the integrity of the Other: human, animal, object/substance.
Teabags have been part of my work since 2010, where I used them in a work that dealt with rape and resulting pregnancy. The fragility of teabags and the state of being "used" intrigued me. Combining teabags with wire is like a play on the opposing qualities of violence, harshness, masculinity and femininity, vulnerability, domestic comfort.