Rachel E. Foster

(American, b. 1980; resides in Chicago, IL)

In her 2013 series, Lost Works, Rachel E. Foster builds a narrative of a generic life through thousands of images pulled from the internet. Foster questions how our memories, like images reproduced online, disintegrate as time progresses and their context fades. Scientific research has shown that the more often the brain recalls a memory, the more inaccurate the information in that memory becomes.  Foster’s found images—originally made across the history of the mediums of both photography and film—examine the representation of tropes that punctuate the narrative of a lifespan.  Each captured image functions as a personal documented moment in the subject’s life that has made its way online through various channels.  The images Foster chooses are the residue of our culture, depicting historically significant figures or moments in history. Foster’s artistic process moves the appropriated images offline and into a physical form, investigating the fluid role of those images in the digital age and how their cultural significance becomes transformed by her reinterpretation.

Rachel E. Foster completed a MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA (2011) and a BFA from Columbia College Chicago (2003).  Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including: Unspeakable Projects, San Francisco, CA (2013); the Menil Collection, Houston, TX (2012); Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL (2011); and Voorkamer Gallery, Lier Belgium (2011). 


Anne Frank, 2013Anne Frank, 2013
First Kiss, 2013First Kiss, 2013

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