My current series of work, formally known as Floops, is primarily ceramic sculpture 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 my happiest memories, of my best friends and favorite things, of the incredible pain of loss and separation, and of the healing processes that occur over time. 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. Michael 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. Michael is also currently a visual arts instructor at SAY Sí (San Antonio Youth Yes) where he teaches middle and high school-age artists, who in turn regularly inspire and inform his work. The curriculum he co-creates focuses on creating elevated and original artwork, while also focusing on social justice and community centered action.