Reflecting on her upcoming entrance feature at IDS Vancouver, London-based designer Emily Forgot promises “an installation filled with colour” and “assemblages inspired by the shapes and architecture of Canadian modernism.”
To this intriguing combination, add Forgot’s penchant for work that exists in a space between the real and the imagined as well as somewhere between the 2D and the 3D world, and the result is sure to dazzle.
Forgot brings a multidisciplinary practice – encompassing art, design and illustration – to her 14 limited-edition assemblages pieces, commissioned by IDS Vancouver in collaboration with Benjamin Moore. Titled A Sense of Place, the work draws on visual references and inspirations from designs by famous Canadian architects, including Arthur Erickson and Ron Thom.
“My favourite part of a project is often the research, so I enjoyed making discoveries at the architecture library here in London that became the springboard for my drawings and eventually the relief pieces that make up the show,” she says, adding that the colours reflect the array of paints available at Benjamin Moore.
“Colour is another favourite part of my practice. It’s fun to create a unique palette for each work,” she says. “So each collection has a unique identity rather than one palette running through all my pieces.”
Much of the recognition for Forgot’s hand-made architectural assemblages originated with Neverland, her first solo show during the London Design Festival 2016.
Neverland changed her work’s trajectory, she says, and confirmed her place in the 3D interior design world. “I’ve always had an interest in interior design and design objects, even though my professional career began in the 2D graphic design and illustration world,” she says. “By making these pieces, I suppose I’m bridging that gap – holding onto the more narrative, illustrative side of my work but embracing the other disciplines that excite me.”
Also since 2016, collectors, interior designers and architects – including Somerset House, Selfridges, Herman Miller and Absolut – have commissioned bespoke pieces for a variety of private and commercial projects.
Being focused on her audience is essential for her work, but Forgot also wants to stay true to her vision. “I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if the client and audience were not considered a priority,” she says. “Saying that, with my more art-based practice, I try and find a space where I can be alone with my thoughts and inspirations, surrounded by the things that resonate with me on a personal level, away from the noise of social media and the internet.”
It’s all about balance, says Forgot. “I like being curious and open [and led by outside influences], but always having my personal sensibility and goals simmering in the background – and calling the shots when necessary.”
The original artworks will be available for purchase at IDS, with 50 per cent of the proceeds benefiting charitable partner Out In Schools, an award-winning program that brings films into classrooms to inspire youth to step into the challenges and the triumphs of LGBT2Q+ communities.
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