Lesley Foxcroft is known for her works created in MDF, card and paper. Her use of such ordinary, utilitarian materials 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 folding, cutting, bending and stacking, Foxcroft positions her works on the floor, in corners and also up and along the wall to create a dialogue between the surfaces; her installations make the commonplace aesthetic and the two-dimensional, architectural.
For Foxcroft's work with MDF, she renders this hard-edged material into pure, exact forms resulting in ethereal sculptures and wall pieces with beautiful simplicity. In recent works Foxcroft incorporates galvanized steel that is thin enough to bend and manipulate to a point, as with the thin MDF sheeting. The surface of the steel creates a contrast with the dense matt surface of the MDF.
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 solo exhibitions with Annely Juda Fine Art include 'Combination' in 2004, 'Works with MDF', in 2010 and ‘Works for 2020’. Her works are represented in UK and international Museums and Public Galleries.