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Meredith Foster
updated: 09/18/2013
website: www.urbanalandarts.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Kicking Up Dust, Mississippi Bluffs (Tree of Heaven/Autumn Olive mix)-installation view
Kicking Up Dust, Mississippi Bluffs (Tree of Heaven/Autumn Olive mix)-installation detail
Kicking Up Dust, Sangamon River Flood Plain (Bush honeysuckle ash/charcoal mix)-installation detail
Kicking Up Dust, Sangamon River Flood Plain (Bush honeysuckle ash/charcoal mix)-installation detail
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation view
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation detail
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation detail
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation detail
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation detail
BioGraphy
Biography (Moraine)
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  landscape, mapping
 
 
Kicking Up Dust, Mississippi Bluffs (Tree of Heaven/Autumn Olive mix)-installation view by Meredith Foster
Kicking Up Dust, Mississippi Bluffs (Tree of Heaven/Autumn Olive mix)-installation view
Autumn Olive, Bush Honeysuckle sifted ash and charcoal
2012
Dimensions variable
Kicking Up Dust, Mississippi Bluffs (Tree of Heaven/Autumn Olive mix)-installation detail by Meredith Foster
Kicking Up Dust, Mississippi Bluffs (Tree of Heaven/Autumn Olive mix)-installation detail
Sifted Tree of Heaven and Autumn Olive ash and charcoal
2012
Dimensions variable
Kicking Up Dust, Sangamon River Flood Plain (Bush honeysuckle ash/charcoal mix)-installation detail by Meredith Foster
Kicking Up Dust, Sangamon River Flood Plain (Bush honeysuckle ash/charcoal mix)-installation detail
Sifted Bush Honeysuckle ash and charcoal
2012
Dimensions variable
Kicking Up Dust, Sangamon River Flood Plain (Bush honeysuckle ash/charcoal mix)-installation detail by Meredith Foster
Kicking Up Dust, Sangamon River Flood Plain (Bush honeysuckle ash/charcoal mix)-installation detail
Sifted Bush Honeysuckle ash and charcoal
2012
Dimensions variable
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation view by Meredith Foster
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation view
Sifted Bush ash and charcoal from invasive woody plant material, glass, steel
2012
Dimensions variable
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation detail by Meredith Foster
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation detail
Sifted ash and charcoal of invasive woody plant species, glass, steel
2012
Dimensions variable
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation detail by Meredith Foster
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation detail
Sifted ash and charcoal of invasive woody plant species, glass, steel
2012
Dimensions variable
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation detail by Meredith Foster
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation detail
Sifted charcoal and ash from invasive woody plant species, glass, steel
2012
Dimensions variable
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation detail by Meredith Foster
Kicking Up Dust, Upper Mississippi views (invasive amalgam)-installation detail
Sifted charcoal and ash of invasive woody plant species, glass, steel
2012
Dimensions variable
BioGraphy by Meredith Foster
BioGraphy
Sifted ash and Charcoal from invasive plant material
2013
Dimensions variable
Biography (Moraine) by Meredith Foster
Biography (Moraine)
sifted ash and charcoal made from exotic, naturalized plant material
2013
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

ARTIST STATEMENT

The development of the project, Kicking Up Dust, is an aesthetc response to the emergent qualities of the Midwest and Upper Mississippi region and is predicated on my involvement with an organization dedicated to the preservation and management of a diversity of Midwestern habitats in East Central Illinois near the Sangamon River, a tributary of the Mississippi. The labor I offer is spent almost entirely in the removal of an unwanted succession of invasive woody plant material that proliferates across organization property-most of which has been introduced to North America within the last century. 

Using this experience to inform my studio practice, I determined that the installation was to be  comprised of this plant material sourced from local ecosystems. As such, the task of collecting and processing invasive species such as Autumn Olive (Eleagnus umbellata), Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera maacki), and Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) began and has continued to be an ongoing process.

The use of ash and charcoal as the material basis for this work  is significant. When approaching the project the production of such was both a practical and aesthetic choice; a means to processing the large amounts of invasive trees and shrubs I was harvesting into a workable product. The collected trunks, boughs, and branches were trimmed to manageable lengths, skinned, and then fired, creating charcoal and ash. Then using a mortar and pestle, the sticks and briquettes were ground into a fine powder, becoming the chief material used in the installation. 

After processing, the powdery subsances are then carefully sifted to construct drawn topographies referencing the areas where the original material has been extracted. Each is a slightly diffrent aerial representation of the  Illinois and Missouri landscapes where I live and work, exhibiting subtle variations in topography. Playing with shifts in elevation, the installation reveals moraines, bluffs, and river systems as a composition of scorched plant matter that originates from and proliferates across the regions being referenced. 

 

Artist Bio / CV

 

MEREDITH FOSTER

Lives and works in Champaign-Urbana, IL 

EDUCATION

2009 M.F.A, Washington University in St. Louis

2005, B.F.A, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013

Evergreen, Millstone Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2011

Making It, Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL

Between the Street and the Window, University City Public Library Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2010

Sight Specific, 40 North/88 West, Champaign, IL

One Place After Another, University of Missouri-Columbia Fine Art Gallery

2009

Kicking Up Dust, Bonsack Gallery, St. Louis, MO

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012

Hedge Magic, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

Inter-Urban, Urbana Land Arts, Indi-go Artist Space, Champaign, IL

Urbana Land Arts: Spring Cleaning, Boneyard Arts Festival,Urbana, IL

2011

Paper Play, Chesterfield Arts Center, Chesterfield, MO

Something Happened, The Luminary Center for the Arts, St. Louis, MO

Gray Scale, University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA

Light and Space, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tuscon, AZ

2010

The Flatfiles, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Buidling Community, Center of Creative Arts, St. Louis, MO

2009

Breaking Form-Invitational, St. Charles Community College, St. Charles, MO

re-Place,Georgia College and State University Museum, Milledgeville, GA

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

2008

Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2006

New American Paintings, Midwest Edition, Volume 65 

Aha! Epiphanies and Breakthroughs, Union Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

Faculty Show, Millstone Gallery at COCA, St. Louis, MO

Paint!, foundry Art Center, St. Louis, MO

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2012 Envision 365 Individual Artist Grant, Urbana Public Arts Commission

2011 Envision 365 Individual Artist Grant, Urbana Public Arts Commission

2008-09, William and Laura Jens Scholarship, Washington University St. Louis

2007-08, Henrietta Whalert Scholarship, Washington University in St. Louis

2007 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship

2006, Back cover of New American Paintings, Edition 65