Fragmented and unified. Nostalgic and present. Personal and universal.
Lisa Foster's paradoxical portraits are visually striking with their rich colors and mosaic of textiles.
"I am making shapes on canvas, but my shapes are self-portraits and my paints, reproduction quilting fabrics. I am using fabrics not to decorate but to make something solid like rubber, poured paint or steel. I do not consider my work collage. I like shaping space, like Serra. The leg becomes the line rather than the line of the leg being the line. I want the shape to exist beyond the human element. I developed Dissociative Identity Disorder as a child. D.I.D. and trauma have allowed me a unique relationship with myself. I get to explore this in my work. My art is an important part of my interaction with myself and with the world. There is enormous freedom and ownership of expression by filling the rolls both of creator and subject. I feel autonomous in my work in a manner I do not experience elsewhere in life. At one level it is as though I am creating my own universe for just my self to inhabit. Female self portraiture can serve as a window into our society and it's gender dynamics. I feel I am telling the story of the female body, the lives of women, not just my own. I have found my voice in my naked body; nudity is always political. I am a painter of the color field tradition. I am specimen, I am spectacle, I am object, but I am not too."