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Erin Fostel

Erin Fostel

Artist Work

The weight of absence
2016
Charcoal and graphite on paper
26" x 40"
The intangible expanse of a last breath
2016
Charcoal and graphite on paper
27" x 37"
Perceptible in memory only (after Audrey Bodine)
2016
Charcoal and graphite on paper
20" x 28"
Temper and soothe
2017
Charcoal and graphite on paper
42.5” x 41”
What day is today
2018
Charcoal and graphite on paper
27" x 35"
To remain unprepared
2017
Charcoal and graphite on paper
17" x 17"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

In this series of drawings, I explore tonal value as a tool to describe the urban landscape and the feelings it contains and evokes. My goal is not to simply document buildings. I want to capture either my own feeling, or the feeling I think a building can personify. I manipulate the light and dark values within my compositions and seek to balance highly-rendered areas with simple forms. As I grieve the loss of my father, who was an architect, I need to make work that serves as a commemoration of his life and a relief from the heartbreak of his death. Through these representations of physical structures, I attempt to create an external vessel to hold these immense feelings of grief. To find my subjects, I explore Baltimore and take photographs of structures that catch my attention. By building space and form through the layering of marks, I create tonal landscapes, rendering both the city and my internal world.

Artist Bio

Erin Fostel spent her early years copying characters out of her brother’s comic books, and writing highly dramatic soap operas on her grandmother’s typewriter. A love for drawing and storytelling led her to the Maryland Institute College of Art. After graduating in 2004, she continues to explore visual storytelling through the act of drawing. Even though she appreciates that the world is full of amazing colors she enjoys pushing the tonal boundaries of charcoal, which is her primary medium. 

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