Megan Foster

Providence, RI

With irony and humor, Foster portrays often-overinflated expectations of the way we live and how we try to better ourselves from previous generations. Her work suggests a narrative by presenting a frozen moment in time, aiming to preserve and give authority to the everyday experience. Utilizing appropriated images from art, architecture, technology and popular science as starting point, she depicts sometimes banal scenes that have the potential to be spectacular and fantastic. 

Foster frequently uses nature as a backdrop. Toys, hybrid plants, designer pets and naturally occurring spectacles find their way into the work as she rethinks the meaning of contemporary landscape and the technological sublime.

Sifter (gold)and Sifter (mixed) were inspired by MIT’s robotic fish SoFi, created to explore the world’s most fragile coral reefs, and holographic lure tapes used for designer fishing tackle. The series began after several visits to Venice FL, the self-proclaimed "shark tooth capital of the world." The 2D hybrid collections of holographic shark’s teeth were created after observing the obsessive, as well as the casual, collector of shark’s teeth along these beaches.

Megan Foster earned her BFA from RISD and her MFA from Columbia University. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY; Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China, RISD Museum of Art, and the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA. Before joining the faculty at RISD in the Printmaking Department, Foster taught at The City College of New York where she was the head of Printmaking and director of the MFA program. She was also master printer at the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies and is co-founder of Moonlight Editions.

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