STATISTICS 2011 teabags fire emergency boxes glue
PULLING 2011 artificial hair found wood gold spray hair clip
SWALLOWED 2011 teabags thread tealeaves razor wire washing pag
HIVE I&II 2012 teabags chicken wire artificial hair/ found wood
INTEGRITY, Razorwire, teabags, thread, vegetable mesh and glue. Dimensions variable
FASHION REVISITED 2016 - 2020 ongoing series with teabags clothing label/lace 4x4x1cm
QUEER BOUQUET 2013 teabags wire wool
RENAISSANCE 2016 teabags lace 5x20x1 cm
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.
Meandmyhands - Visual Art by Katharina Forster
Exhibition view San Remo Cape Town 2012
IT'S GOOD IT'S BEAUTIFUL IT'S TRUE 2012 (part and detailed view of triptych) razor wire teabag artificial hair
Teabags have been part of my work since 2010, where I used them to convey work dealing with rape and resulting pregnancy. I am intrigued by their fragility and the aspect of them being `used ́. In combination with wire I play with violence, harshness, masculinity (opponent qualities) and the concept of boarders and security.
Overstepping boundaries has been a topic for me and my current work conveys aspects of such in very different ways. Abuse or misuse are both ways of ignoring the integrity of the Other; humans, animals, the planet, be the abuse obviously or disguised.
The works shown here are all in one way or another made from teabags. Where necessary other objects and materials were added.
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.