Donna Forst’s sculptures are an abstracted visual account of the desert southwest. Having climbed, crawled, and squeezed through the Earth’s fractures, Forst translates these places into sculptural archives using her visual and tactile recollections. By processing reclaimed clay, manipulating the variables of water, time and temperature, she pushes the medium’s boundaries creating her own geological recordings in homage to the surreal worlds she has explored.
For 20 years, Donna Forst was a professional stylist collaborating with photographers and art directors producing images for advertising campaigns, videos, and film. Simultaneously, she explored the desert southwest as a rock climber, spending days on big walls and traveling to remote rock formations. As a ceramic artist, Donna combines the two, creating sculptures out of reclaimed clay inspired by her adventures in the desert landscape.
2021 Ruminations International Juried Exhibition, Juror: Sanam Emami, Silver City, NM
2021 42nd Annual Contemporary Crafts, Juror: Gail Brown, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
2020 Creative Interpretations of the theme RITUAL, Burton Barr Library, Phoenix, AZ
2019 Vanguard Award Exhibition, Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ
2019 Vanguard Showcase, Eric Fischl Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2018 Vanguard Showcase, Eric Fischl Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2016 AZ State Fair Art Exhibition (Ceramics & Sculpture)
2019 Eric Fischl Vanguard Award, Carol Dunham Juror, Phoenix, AZ
2016 AZ State Fair Exhibition (Ceramics & Sculpture) 4th Place Award, Phoenix, AZ
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