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Katharina Forster is an international artist living and working in Werder (Havel), near Berlin. She is one of the founding members of VulkanKunstWerke e.V., an association which showcases art exhibitions and hosts art events in rural areas. As a part of her profession, she runs art workshops with kids of all ages, youth and adults on assignment. She is a part of Klasse:Kunst für Brandenburg, an organization which seeks to cultivate aesthetic education for children in primary schools.

Katharina studied fine art at Ruth Prowse School of Art in South Africa. It was in Cape Town that she started her career as a freelance artist by initiating and coordinating One Day Art events, taking on commissions and participating in group shows. Before she enrolled to be a full time artist she trained as an occupational therapist and gained work experience for several years in the medical and social fields.

Artist Statement

I like to draw connections because I am intrigued by the diversity and interconnectedness of our world today.

Whatever we do, no matter how big or small, our actions have the ability to affect one another on an immediate and global scale.

Our world is complex and chaotic. As an interdisciplinary artist I seek to demonstrate this complexity through the use of different materials and techniques. I make my sculptures and installations using everyday materials such as used teabags, candle wax or colourful plastics. I also use other objects, such as empty birds nests, 1-Euro cents, pacifiers and disposable diapers.

It is ultimately with the use of my hands that a sculpture or object comes together. With whatever material I choose to work with it is its story as well as its form, texture and colour which intrigue me.

I find inspiration both in everyday life and in events across the globe. In addition, I am motivated to create a sustainable and peaceful life, one that exists alongside nature harmoniously. Having earned my degree in South Africa, I continually draw inspiration from its history and culture in my artistic practice. Economic, political, environmental and social issues, of every culture, find their way into my works.

The often repetitious nature of the way I work, helps me to stay in tune with myself. Serving as a meditation in working. At the same time my sculptures and installations tend to be very fragile – maybe reflecting the state of our world.