Sarah Foyster is a British artist based in Norfolk and London, who explores the psychological boundaries of space to reflect on the anxious and the uncanny, within our own unconscious.
Since completing an MA in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts in 2014, Sarah Foyster is now furthering her research interests on psychological space and Surrealism through a practice-based PhD in Fine Art.
Her art practice is concerned with the understanding of the psychological effects upon the fragility of the human condition, borne out of different physical and mental traumas. Her work critically engages with her interest in Heterotopias – those environments of crisis and deviation, as defined by Michel Foucault in ‘Des Espaces Autres’ in 1967. Through examining such imaginary and real spaces, her work visually explores the liminal boundary between the self and other creating both seemingly absurd and uncanny paintings.
‘I believe that the anxiety of our era has to do fundamentally with space…’
(Foucault, Of Other Spaces: published by foucault.info, 1984)
Influenced by the writings of Freud, Foucault and Lacan, Sarah Foyster’s paintings intend to question psychological space through the manipulation of the image. Through abstracting the figurative, her work captures the imagination and suspends disbelief. Although the work is ambiguous and oblique, it may be read through many different imagined narratives or may elude complete definition. She is inspired by the contemporary art practice and genre of a number of Eastern European painters.