Guest Artist Heather Foster

‘Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working’  -Pablo Picasso

This is truest statement I can think of to represent how an artist creates. For me, ideas come from looking at piece that comes out of the kiln It is then that I can envision what the next step might be. It is the work that gives ideas for the next piece or it is a mark created by the brush that I decide to repeat across the canvas.

It is the work and the process that inspires.

I have been painting for many years, usually trying to convey a connection. I like to pause and look at cows in a field or into the crowd on a subway train and wonder what they are thinking as they gaze back at the viewer. 

More recently, I have added the medium of fused glass to my repertoire. I am intrigued by the ways glass expands on traditional painting. Controlling heat will give different effects. The layers and transparency create depth that changes as the viewer moves around each piece. I have been using powdered glass and a printmaking technique, pulling molten glass in thin strings and balancing these elements with flat colors of sheet glass to create my latest works of glass collages.

The text and imagery is colorful and changes with the light and with the position of the viewer. I sometimes use a visual fracturing technique to alter text that seems archaic. These collages have been shaped to be free standing pieces that can be paired together and thus expand even more on the visual layering.

 

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