My felt artworks and sculptures are observations of the cyclic, miniscule processes in our world. I observe – a tiny seedling poking through the earth, ant highways, dripping sap, opening seed-pods, bark of ancient gums and the organic patterns of silt drying on the edges of billabongs. I like to imagine these tiny happenings out of their context – under a microscope, from the air, or if I was nestled inside.
Current works feature locally collected fibres, native seeds and earth pigments. These are embedded and dyed into topographic landscapes, hollowed felt nests, and three-dimensional limbs. Some pieces have been left outside at various locations where I feel a sense of place. This has allowed natural weathering, colouring and the germination of seeds. The forms have become a conceptual mapping-tool. They are physical representations of my location, and emotional constructs of place and ‘home’.
Kindred of the Dust: Jess Forster
Subterranean: Australian response with Charlotte Sehmisch
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