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Sarah Foyster

MA Fine Art

EXPLORING PSYCHOLOGICAL LIMINALITY AND THE ANXIOUS UNCANNY

We all have boundaries of personal space – which when encroached upon, make us feel somewhat anxious. This anxiety is hidden within our own unconscious.

My paintings explore the psychological effects to the human condition borne out of different physical and mental traumas. I question and examine the liminality between the self and other, through the History of Hysteria and the work of Jean-Martin Charcot, Freud’s ‘The Uncanny’ and the recent developments in new surveillance techniques. Critical engagement with the idea of Heterotopias enables me to play with visual metaphors to re-contextualise those environments of crisis and deviation (such as mental health institutions and the military), as defined by Michel Foucault in 1967.

By constructing such imaginary and real spaces, I reflect on the qualia of anxiety – a direct consequence of hierarchy, authority and control. I challenge those feelings of distress, dissonance, disassociation and misinformation by layering, fragmenting, manipulating scale and ratio, whilst combining monochromatic and heightened colour. My work is seemingly absurd, ambiguous, oblique, and may elude complete definition. Transference to the audience may also create further feelings of unease – an unease that is increasingly ubiquitous within our society today.

Painting

– Drone (Detail) 2014, Oil on Canvas, (150cm x 100cm)

Painting

– The Catch (Detail) 2014, Oil on Canvas, (150cm x 100cm)

Painting

– The Reconstruction (Detail) 2014, Oil on Canvas (150cm x 100cm)

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