Sherri Foster is a writer, poet, series and collage artist, whose work has been featured in small publications and magazines.  She originated the zine SHEMOM, featuring short writing, fiction and poetry about all things family, is the creator of a fine art Tarot deck, as represented in the Encyclopedia of Tarot, and a chapbook of fragmented poetry based on translations of the ancient poet Sappho.

Foster studied art, writing, and teaching at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and received her MA and PhD in English and American Literature from University of California, San Diego.   There, along with her teaching, she specialized in the work of 20th century American poets along with the contemporary school of language poets.

Presently her work focuses on textile dyeing and collage based on traditional and contemporary uses of resist dyeing and discharge, and quilting.

Her home and studio are located in Carlsbad, California.  You can contact her at sherri@sherrifoster.org

Artist’s Statement

My work is born from the power and energy of my interior life.  As I struggle to contain my dramatic emotions and intense thinking in my personal life, I seek to explore those inner dimensions through my artistic expression.

Dramatic landscapes and intense color move me deeply.   The sparkling Pacific, brooding seas, and the skies above them evoke profound emotions, which I draw on as I seek an authentic source for my aesthetic experience.

I am interested in the transparent quality of the colors that occur in surprising ways through the process of dyeing fabric.  Hand dyed fabrics have a depth that can’t be attained with any other media.  Layering the dyed fabrics with a batting and stitch, in much the same way that quilts are made, adds the elements of dimension and line that organize the fluid boundaries of the dye.

Having lived most of my life in the Southwest, I see close up the face of immigration:  culturally, politically, and for the individuals whose families depend on their immigration status.  This global diaspora causes cultures to invade, assimilate, build walls and soften borders.  A part of my work reflects this pulling apart and coming together.