Laurie Foster, a native of St. Louis, has been a resident of Fayetteville for 17 years. She is a retired public school art teacher. Her teaching background has led to an interest in a variety of art materials: ceramics, fibers, and printmaking. These media are often combined to create rich surface textures in her designs.
As a child, I was very shy and more comfortable with animals than humans, so is seems inevitable that my artwork is based on the interconnectedness of the human and animal kingdoms. I create anthropomorphic 3-dimensional clay and cloth figures that emerge from miniature environments to tell mute, sometimes whimsical tales. Often the atmosphere hints of mystery and foreboding, other times comical, suggesting human foibles. My sources are varied: historic, cultural, mythic, folktales, or life experience.