Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mari Foster Rocks Our World

The most recent addition to the Quirk Represents collection is Mari Foster. Mari is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in craft and Material Studies. She is currently a candidate up for a $15,000 Windgate Fellowship presented by the Center for Craft Creativity and Design. She has just set up her own studio at Artworks Richmond and is establishing herself and expanding her body of work.

Mari is attracted to simplifying and deconstructing the complexities of historical furniture, jewelry, and household items, and re-contextualizing those shapes into contemporary jewelry. She evokes the sentiments of past eras to create an intimate experience with a worn object, both for the wearer and the viewer. Using a combination of precious, recycled, and often inexpensive materials, Mari recreates and reinvents the sense of preciousness that historical jewelry holds. In her work Mari examines how historical and contemporary tools and means we use to communicate affect relationships and intimacy in an age of increasing loss of face to face communication.


  1. Whoa these are incredible, how could I have missed these? Especially love the silhouettes shown in the first images. Can't wait to see them in person.


  2. Thanks for the feature ladies! There is a lonely "Marti" thrown in there towards the end...haha!

  3. Oops! Sorry about that "Marti" - it's fixed and good to go! Also, check out a couple of other pieces on the Quirk Represents section of our website!