Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Organik Planet - 2030


Organik Planet- 2030 Ideas

       Hope has never trickled down, it has always sprung up - Naomi Klein (ref 1 below)

Over the summer I was working on some new ideas, with the intention of creating something new by recycling old discarded art works...which evolved into new mini abstract works... images below

Each new work was made with the intention of having minimal impact on the environment and to help with the sustainability of Earth's natural resources. I have used reclaimed materials and recycled artworks as part of an ongoing eco- project which explores ideas around the creative process of recycling old discarded works.


Reclaimed used art and materials:
Brown paper - handcrafted string for tags,frames.
Tissue paper - handcrafted string for gift tags
Card - supporting artworks
Recycled artworks -redesigned
Locally found Elm wood branches carved into frames.

In motivating people to love and defend the natural world, an ounce of hope is worth a ton of despair. George Monbiot 2ref.below.

Naomi Klein (2010). “No Logo 10th Anniversary Edition”, p.30, Vintage Canada ref 1
https://www.azquotes.com/quote/761573 ref2 George Monbiot

In memory of and inspired by conservationist - Artist Franz Krajcberg ; As a human being, I am completely completely connected to nature. My existence, my life, my culture – is the natural environment. My survival and my creativity depend on it.F.K. 12.04.1921—15.11.2017

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Tropical Abstracts

Tropical Abstracts

Vincent Van Gogh ref below

“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.” 
― Aldo LeopoldA Sand County Almanac

New works of digital imagery now in progress hope to complete soon...

My projects are inspired by researching authors such as Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson and George Monboit. And also Influenced by Brazilian artist Frans Krajeberg whose inspirational life opened up a new way of  seeing the Natural World ...


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Initial drawings...leading to outcomes

Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic. Keith Haring.

Be Happy Pollutant Moment! ?? captured, Air drawing by plane!
 Photo by yvonne forster 2016

Traveller, pastel on board by yvonne forster, 2018

A current ongoing project, Worlds Apart and Travellers.

From an ecological perspective, I have been focusing on exploring the journeys we take by public transport for over a year. The initial study sketches made whilst travelling on the train, then emerged into a recent series of  larger scale drawings titled, 'Travellers' based on the original sketches. I also produced lino cut images, titled ,'Worlds Apart', in 2017 as an ongoing exploration of the internal and external worlds which we experience in contemporary life travel. Through these series of works, I also consider human manipulation and exploitation of the natural order of things. By taking into account the pollutant effects of industrialisation caused by human activity on nature, I explore the impacts - of current trending issues. Raising questions such as; "What will the consequences lead to in the over exploitation of nature"?  "How to become more reflective and aware of the strain our planet bears in the hands of humanity"? and "Could we imagine an alternative way of sustaining the Earths natural resources from new perspectives"

Albeit inadvertently, nature is used as commodity. Due to this it has lead to an increasing detached, passive and insouciant response toward the natural world. Which somehow needs a solution.

Aldo Leopolds, philosophy of 'respect' for nature is encapsulated in his response ; that we abuse land when we regard it as a commodity, 'belonging to us' . But when we start to realise and see land as 'community' of which we are a apart and belong to, we may begin to use it with far deeper concern and respect...

                                             Sketch study of woman on train journey graphite
                                                      by yvonne forster

   Traveller on a journey graphite, 2018
                by yvonne forster  

   Traveller on a journey, graphite, 2018
                  by yvonne forster  

                                                 Traveller on a journey, graphite, 2018
                                                      by yvonne forster

                                 Study of objects Graphite on paper by yvonne forster 2018

The Revellers, Graphite on Paper
by yvonne forster.2018

Traveller, pastel work on card by yvonne forster 2018

Worlds Apart, linocut , by yvonne forster,2017

                                           Worlds Apart, linocut, by yvonne forster 2017

                         Worlds Apart, combined images into one work, Linocut
                                                             by yvonne forster 2017

This exploration with drawing skills...Besides being a cathartic 'magical' experience it is also a foundation and a channel through which to explore and express facets of the human experience. The creative act becomes a journey an immersion - of the inner life connecting to the outer world...Being stimulated by a combination of  contemplation and observation, it is then finally expressed through the physical act .

The deliberate act of drawing, creates space through which to witness. It's a communication of representations of the material world, through exploring the interactions of shape, form, light, shadow, texture and patterns all come into play and leave their residue Anon

                Aldo Leopold author of ' A Sand County Almanac' 1949 Oxford University Press                                               (pharphrased ideas)
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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Creativity, Passion and Explorations

Creativity And Explorations

The process of exploration and experimenting with a diverse range of techniques and mediums is often the catalyst through which new possibilities evolve,  emerge and unfold.

This series of works, Tropical Abstracts, has given me the chance to explore and experiment with digital photography. By exploring ideas which consider the impact of human activity upon the natural world my intention is to also highlight the inadvertent alienating effects upon humans - caused by disengagement from the land and other life forms as we reduce the environment to commodity.

Taking a photo image of a butterfly I played around with ideas abstracting the insect from the background in order to highlight that as a consequence of man's abstracting of nature not only do pesticides kill targeted insects but all other insect life also. The impact of pesticides has spread to such a degree that they adversely effect much fauna and flora rendering nature into its current precarious state. Ideas that Rachel Carson explored and discussed in her seminal book 'Silent Spring'. 

Monday, 2 April 2018

Drawing Skills...Back to basics..

Reconnecting with drawing skills.....through winter - besides being thereputic... it is the foundation and vessel  through which to explore and express ones humanity through creativity:  The inner life connecting with the outer world... 
The act of drawing creates space in which to contemplate many facets of the material world, the interactions of shape, form, light, shadow, texture and patterns all come into focus.

In a recent project I focused on exploring the journeys we take on public transport. Through initial study sketches whilst travelling by train I created a series of  drawings titled Travellers and then went on to produce linocut images, titiled ,Worlds Apart, through which I explore the internal and external worlds in which we exist.  

Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.Keith Haring

Still Life; in the home Graphite on paper yvonne forster 201

A Remarkable lady, Graphite on paper
by yvonneforster 2017
The Revellers, Graphite on Paper,
by yvonne forster 2018

The Remedy, Graphite On Paper,
by yvonne forster, 2018

Travellers Graphite on Paper,2018 by yvonne forster

Reflections and Shadows Graphite, by yvonne forster

Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/drawing

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Exciting New CreativPaper online : Art Magazine

Exciting New CreativPaper online : Art Magazine

Making a New World mixed media
by yvonne forster

cliick on follwing link will take you to the online Issuu page


The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. – Joseph Campbell
 We feel connected to nature, yet we can hardly explain why nature impresses us so much, or why do we seek to spend time in nature. The truth is that we are part of nature as anything else. When we disconnect from nature, we forget who we are. ref below

Read more: https://www.spiritbutton.com/inspirational-nature-quotes/#ixzz5AOuYAezn

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ – Robin Williams

Read more: https://www.spiritbutton.com/inspirational-nature-quotes/#ixzz5AOvIx4fe

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Our eARTh exhibition opens on the 24th March till 23 December 2018

Here is the electronic Issuu version of The Our Earth Catalogue...All artist images and statements enclosed...

please click link below....


Altered Perceptions, Mixed Media& Collage, by yvonne forster
The series of works are a response to the impact of industrialisation, industrial farming and pollution on bird and insect populations. The use of pesticides and changing patterns of land use has led to a decline of many insect and bird species. The abstracted form of the of works Altered Perceptions explores and reflects human activities, abstraction of nature, ignoring the interconnectivities that maintain the well being of the whole. 

The series was inspired by Rachel Carson's views on the effects of chemicals on wildlife and George Monbiot’s recent book 'How Did We Get Into This Mess? The works are mixed media acrylic paint, oil pastels, gold leaf and collaged materials with the phrase "humankind ...we are but one thread" embedded.

Refs George Monbiot - How Did We Get Into This Mess an Rachel Carson  - Silent Spring