Lesley Foxcroft is known for her works created in MDF, card and paper. Foxcroft’s use of these ordinary, everyday products, made from the deconstruction of different kinds of wood and fibres, rather than, for example, steel, bronze or marble, is an integral part of her expression as a whole: “I like the idea that the uncomplicated has a purpose: that the material does not give a sculpture its value, it is the artist that does'. By methods of folding, cutting, pressing and stacking Foxcroft arranges the material on the floor and up walls to create a dialogue between the two; her installations thereby make the commonplace aesthetic and the two-dimensional architectural.
For Foxcroft's work with MDF, she renders this hard-edged material into pure delicate forms, resulting in ascetic and ethereal sculptures. The works can be seen as both structure and adornment within the gallery space, yet they are neither. Buttressed against floor and wall, they have a force and a permanence, which are reminiscent of the power exuded by the structural elements of architectural ruins.
The delicacy of her work with Lapping paper marks a stark contrast to her bold and simple use of MDF in her sculptural works; cutting incisions and creating intricate patterns that remain simple.
Lesley Foxcroft studied at Camberwell School of Fine Art and has had numerous solo and group shows throughout the UK and Europe from 1974 onwards. Her previous solo show with Annely Juda Fine Art include 'Combination', which was exhibited in 2004, and 'Works with MDF', which was exibited in 2010.
- Born in Sheffield
- Studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts
- Angles, Annely Juda Fine Art, London
- Gallery Shilla, Deagu, Korea
- Laure Genillard Gallery, London
- A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milan
- Combination, Annely Juda Fine Art, London
- Works with MDF, Annely Juda Fine Art, London