Nature and perception are my schematic sources from which I focus on common, yet emotive elements of the natural world that are simultaneously beautiful and ominous. Using sculptural installation and photographic elements, I attempt to transform materials into evocative configurations that mingle matter and reflection. Images of water, fire, and fat are patterned into formations of gold leaf and ash, or lumber and ice, in an attempt to create objects and images that mingle a sense of absence and presence, nature and artifice, and subject and object.
Holding an MFA in visual art from Washington University in St. Louis and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Foster's practice is based in the St. Louis metro area. Her work was been published in New American Paintings and has received awards including an Illinois Arts Council Grant and an Urbana Public Arts Grant. She exhibits both locally and nationally with recent exhibits at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN, the Millstone Gallery in St. Louis, the South Bend Museum of Art in Indiana, and Figure One Gallery at the University of Illinois. She teaches visual art at both Thomas Jefferson School in St. Louis and the Center of Creative Arts.