Desdemona Foster

Foster, Desdemona- Colony

Artist Statement

My work engages a narrative of memory, experience and observation.

I work across media and technique and usually in a restricted palette.

Subject, form and structure, combined with obsession for repetition and my desire to convey ‘the significant’ preoccupy my practice


1991     Master Art Education, College of Fine Arts (COFA),
University of NSW,  Sydney, NSW
1973      Silk Screen Printing, East Sydney Technical College, Darlinghurst, NSW

Group Exhibitions
2018                 Synthesis – untethered, GalleryONE88, Katoomba, NSW
2018                 Diversion – Basketry NSW, Lane Cove Gallery, NSW
2018                 inTransit – untethered, Tuggeranong Art Gallery, ACT
2018                 Drawn Together – untethered collaborative selected, Stitched Up,
76 Queen St Gallery, NSW
2018                 Shades of Red – The Red Project, collaborative installation,
Coal Loader, North Sydney, NSW
2017                 inTransit – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2017                 Drawn Together – untethered collaborative in Stitched Up,
The Lock Up, Newcastle, NSW
2017                 ebb and flow – untethered, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW
2017                 ebb and flow – untethered, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
2016                 ebb and flow untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2016                 FUSED – The Shop Gallery, Glebe, NSW
2015                 Waste to Art – finalist – Warringah Art Prize, Manly Vale, NSW
2015                 North Sydney Art Prize – finalist – The Coal Loader, Waverton, NSW
2015                 Out of Hand – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2013                 North Sydney Art Prize – Toward 2020 – finalist – Coal Loader,
North Sydney, NSW,
2013, 15, 17    Primrose Park Exhibitions – Hutley Hall, North Sydney, NSW
2013                Rhyme and Reason – National Basketry Gathering,
Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT
2013 – 17         Basketry NSW exhibitions –  Primrose Park, Cammeray, NSW
2008                 Inspired By May (Gibbs) – ATASDA, Stanton Library, North Sydney, NSW
2006 – 18         Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association (ATASDA)  National                                exhibitions, Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, NSW

Invitation and Grant
2016                 Petiole – installation, invited Nth Sydney Council, Civic Park, Miller Street, Nth Sydney, NSW
2013                 ATASDA NSW Skills Development Grant – National Basketry Gathering,    ACT

Professional experience
2014 –               untethered fibre artists inc. Committee
2005 – 16          ATASDA Committees (inaugural NSW President and member of inaugural National Committee) and a foundation member Palm House Exhibition Committee
2005 – 16          ATASDA’s fibreline quarterly magazine, enews and website copy liaison

2017                 ebb and flow, untethered group, Textile Fibre Forum, Issue 128 image p18
2016                 Out of Hand, untethered group, Down Under Textiles, Issue 24
2015                 Australian Basketry e-news 1st and 2nd editions
2013  –             Basketry NSW e-news (various editions)
2005  –             fibreline – ATASDA’s quarterly print magazine (various editions)
and e-newsletter

2014 –              untethered fibre artists inc.
2013 –              Basketry NSW inc.
2005 –              Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association inc. (ATASDA)