Forest and Found British, b. 1991

Overview

Forest and Found are an artist duo consisting of artists Max Bainbridge (b. 1991, London) and Abigail Booth (b. 1991, London). Working together since 2014, their studio gives them a space for material  experimentation, as well as a platform to explore their individual art practices. Working in both visual arts  and contemporary craft.

 

Working across the visual arts, artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth draw upon a background in painting  and sculpture, whilst looking towards a newly developed language of craft. They work independently to produce installations that form dialogues between landscape, material and process as they navigate the changing context of the maker. Working with raw materials sourced directly from evolving rural and urban landscapes, they explore identity and place through expanded material histories and hand-work. Raw wood,  textile and natural pigments are elements that ground their individual practices in a material investigation of the object and textile surface as a critical space for their interaction with the natural. Bainbridge’s exploration of the living tree is rooted in the physicality of the embodied vessel and carved object, while Booth’s patchworked and painted canvases explore the psycho-natural surface of the constructed, textile image. Their use of natural and found material is central to the economy of their work as they turn to the concept of landscape as a critical site that can occupy the space between thought and process. They treat  this liminal space as a site where cultural narratives and identity can be challenged and re-written through the physical act of making and their psychological exploration of the natural.

 

Forest and Found's work has been exhibited Internationally. Selected solo exhibitions include: Walking the Line, Oriel Myrddin, Camarthen (2019) and Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin  (2018); Outland, Egg, London (2018). Selected group exhibitions include: From Nature, Informality (2021), Common Thread, New Art Centre, Roche Court, (2020), Jerwood Makers Open, Jerwood Space, London, (2019/21), Levelling Traditions, Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton (2018), Collect Open, Saatchi Gallery, London (2018). In 2017 they were artists' in residence at Pitt River’s Museum, Oxford (2017).

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