My current series of work, formally known as Floops, is primarily ceramic sculptures characterized by vibrant colors, kind expressions, and simplistic forms harshly contrasted against violent cracks and dark ashen markings produced in the pit firing process. The contrast between these elements is representative of the happiness that I enjoyed in my youth, the role of innocence in my life, the effects of time and change, traumas that I have experienced, and the coping mechanisms that I now use to reconcile these ideas. At their core, the Floops are manifestations of both my happiest memories, of my best friends and favorite things, and of the gradual and inevitable loss of all those things. In giving form to these ideas, I hope to heal myself while also giving some joy to the viewers and reminding them to be kind, both to themselves and to others. The Floops offer positivity to the viewer, in spite of or maybe even as a result of past traumas, and in the same way, I hope to learn how to transform my own feelings of despair into positivity and in turn offer kindness in the same way.
Michael Foerster is an artist living and working in San Antonio, Texas. He received a BFA with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018, has studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, co-created the zine Instant Noodles, and has exhibited nationally, including creating temporary and permanent public art pieces in San Antonio.