“What is important,” says Charlotte Foust, “is the process.”
For her, that process is profoundly intuitive.
Foust approaches her collage paintings with no plan in mind, no preconceptions except that she will not censor what comes to her. She begins each painting with some initial line and mark-making, then lets the piece evolve as it will, building layers or scratching through layers, applying paint or taking paint away, working and reworking the textured surface.
“As if searching for something,” she says.
What emerges from this process is a strikingly original body of work that brings together two major strains of abstract expressionism: the spontaneous energy of the action painters (she mentions Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline) and the more orderly structures of the color field artists (notably, Richard Diebenkorn). Foust draws upon both ideas, and in her intuitive way she lets them interact on the canvas, playing off each other, generating the remarkable images she presents to us.
Foust graduated from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, with a Bachelor Degree in Art, and early in her career was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from the Arts and Science Council. Her work is widely collected in the United States and her paintings have been included in exhibits at the Mint Museum of Art, the Levine Museum of the New South, and the McColl Center for Art.