Anya Foulkes

Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media Practice - Farnham


My work is about nostalgia and memory, inspired by my own experiences of reminiscing about a time before COVID and all the restrictions. As nostalgia can be used to help people experiencing trauma and/or major life changes, I wanted my work to relate to others and trigger their own memories. Additionally, I wanted my work to have its own physical memory within it to emphasise these ideas.

I focused on the summer holidays and tried to create a sense of energy and movement to better capture the reality of the scenes. I did this by layering paints in many different colours and techniques, such as a ‘printing’ technique inspired by Dana Robinson, as well as using repetition and incorporating different textures such as string. My work combines the abstract with figurative, inspired by artists such as May Everett and Marie-Elisabeth Merlin. I like how this creates ambiguity and allows for individual interpretation of my work.

Instagram: @anyafoulkesart

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Anya Foulkes | Pre-degree & Foundation Studies
Anya Foulkes | Pre-degree & Foundation Studies 2
'Day at the Beach' - acrylic, gouache, collage, sand, pen and string on 22x18inch stretched canvas.
Anya Foulkes | Pre-degree & Foundation Studies 1
'Splash!' - acrylic, gouache, string and collage on 39x55inch stretched canvas.