Yvonne Marie Forster
Over the last few years, My art practice has been inspired by projects based around ecology and conservation. It's a subject I am passionate about pursuing. My belief is that as humans we have greatly lost the capacity to empathise with nature as a whole. We have become indifferent even desensitised. The insatiable appetite to consume has, inadvertently lead to our disconnection in understanding ourselves as part of nature. Consequentially, this in turn has affected our ability to perceive the reality we now currently face. Philosopher and conservationist Aldo Leopold stated in the 1940's, "If we fail to re-connect with nature, nature will suffer and humanity will suffer."
I am particularly interested in researching the cumulative effects of man made pollutants. And the rising issues surrounding the ongoing exploitation of the Earths natural resources.The major part of my work consisits of creating series of visual representations, that explore these issues. And also imagery that conveys the consequential impact of biodiversity loss within natural ecosystems.
Although I highlight the repercussions of human activity on the land, flora, fauna and people groups. My work aims to also draw attention to our our individualised sense of tension between (abstracted) concern and a distracted sense of powerlessness in the face of global economic effects upon our planet.
key questions I consider: "How can we become more accountable, reflective and aware of the strains our planet's eco-systems bear due to human activities?" and "How possible is it to imagine implementing an alternative way of sustaining the Earths natural resources from an informed, balanced perspective rather than the current unrestrained exploitation?
Recent works, Altered Perceptions and Tropical Abstracts, are informed by the ideas in Rachel Carson's research work, The Silent Spring and George Monbiot's book, How Did We Get Into This Mess? Both authors explore the impact of human activity on the planet and wildlife species. Recently I have been particularly focused on investigating the effects of pesticides on wildlife.
George Monbiot's pertinent observation resonates, "These wounds are inflicted not only on the worlds wildlife but also on ourselves. Civilisation is but a flimsy dust sheet that we have thrown over our psyche rich in emotion and instinct shaped by the living planet."( ref - below)
As a multi-disciplined artist I enjoy the immersive process of experimenting with a variety of techniques and mediums such as acrylic paint, watercolour, pastel, charcoal, collagraph, lino-cut prints and photography. Combining and mixing mediums encourages me to explore and move beyond my comfort zones. Developing this ongoing open approach when working with new techniques is vital to my practice, as it creates space to intuitively respond in an expressive way. The medium becoming an extension of the ideas I want to communicate and the themes am interested in exploring.
Creatively At Play!
From capturing micro detailed impressionistic representations of a flower to the immersive macro bold, expressive abstracts of a waterfall - ultimately my art is an attempt to convey a sense celebration and also a desire for a deeper connection to the natural world, through exploring and drawing on my interactions, perceptions and human experiences of nature.
Recent Gallery Exhibitions:
Tropical Abstracts, Halesworth County Library, Suffolk, UK, 2018
Our eARTh, Kunsthuis Contemporary Art Gallery, Craike, Yorkshire, UK, 2018 - 2019
Selected Charcoal drawing exhibition, The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, 2018
The Cut Open, The Cut Arts Center, Halesworth, UK, 2017/18
Perceptions of Nature, Halesworth County Library, Suffolk, 2017
Open Art Exhibition, Halesworth Gallery, 2017
Flourish, Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London, 2017.
Nature, Halesworth County Library, Suffolk, 2017
Halesworth Gallery, 100 feet Exhibiton, 2017
Sardines and Beer in Norwich 2017.
Natures View, Halesworth County Library, Suffolk, 2016
Ecology and Conservation, Solo Art Exhibition, URC Church, Quay St, Suffolk, 2016
Viewing Change, Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk. UK. 2016.
Over the last few years My work has sold in the Uk and abraod in Ireland, Sweden, Spain.
2015-2018 I leada weekly art group in the local community through which members explored themes around their interests. Here we shared collaboratively and explored mediums, techniques and ideas. In 2017 we collaborated along side The World Land Trust, to create cards from art works. Enabling us to raise funds for a WLT Amazon appeal.The group was able to exhibit works locally over this time.
Researching the impact of industrialisation and pollution upon nature.
CAVA distinction in Art and Design 2011. Lowestoft College Suffolk
BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2014. Arts & Humanities, University Campus, Suffolk.
Course in pastel portraiture 2015, Wensum Lodge, Norwich.
English Language Literature course Wensum Lodge , Norwich.
Book Ref; Monbiot.George. pg 89, 2017, How Did We Get Into This Mess ? Verso, London, UK& Brooklyn, NY.