“The intellect often demands truth that it is on solid ground, the thought of the soul finds its grounding in a different way. It likes persuasion, subtle analysis, an inner logic and elegance.”
– Thomas Moore
The influence of Renaissance painting and ongoing fascination with alchemy are evident in Foreman’s work. Her paintings often take on a three dimensional construction – sometimes the flat surface is not enough. Foreman continues to experiment with oil, gold, silver, copper leaf, oxides, shellac metals, inks and pigments and the results are luscious, tactile and elegant.
Circles and ovals first appeared in Foreman’s work after her 2005 residency in Vallauris, France. Nature and organic shapes are always the starting point, the visual images and symbols richly and intricately drawn. The circular themes reflect her painting process, femininity, cells, growth, regeneration, fertility and the lunar cycle.
‘Ordinarily Sacred’ is an exploration of the way in which we compartmentalise our lives and this theme is exemplified in the work ‘That Which Makes Life Beautiful’. How we show the world some aspects of ourselves and others we keep hidden. Continuing on from a long important aspect in my work, I take the mundane and ordinary (in this case matchboxes) and exalt them into something beautiful to be savoured.”