"My paintings depict bodies in fugue states, caught with their boundaries dissolving. Within each work, closely cropped figures emerge from fields of color, apprehending the viewer over time. Fingers, legs, nipples and hair push to foreground, never remaining at a safe distance. Since I paint in a slippery zone between figuration and abstraction, viewing my work requires accepting a high level of ambiguity. While pop cultural narratives tend to police and categorize women’s bodies, my practice is dedicated to defining feminine experience and sexuality for myself. At times light-hearted and self-loving, at times abject and objectified, my paintings embrace the absurd, ineffable aspects of living in a feminine body.
Often, I’ll cast one composition in two different lights, presenting conflicting accounts of the same incident. Writers from Woolf to Calvino have narrated from multiple perspectives, calling into question the reliability of a single authorial voice. Following their lead, I’ll deconstruct a moment of touch in several ways, and with each painting, become more fully engrossed in the conflicting feelings associated with one sensation." -- Sarah Faux
Sarah Faux lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and received her MFA in painting from Yale University in 2015. She received a joint BA/BFA from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Her work explores relationships between people, body parts and physical sensations. Faux has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, the Woodstock-Byrdcliffe Guild and Oxbow School of Art. In 2014, she received Yale’s Gloucester Painting Prize. Faux’s work has been featured in exhibitions at Edward Thorp Gallery (New York, USA), KANSAS (New York, USA), Shoot the Lobster (New York, USA), Fred Giampietro Gallery (New Haven, USA), Stems Gallery (Brussels, Belgium), Capsule Gallery (Shanghai, China), Thierry Goldberg Gallery and the RISD Museum of Art (Providence, USA).