"I'm someone who feels my sense of self dissipate sometimes: in the mirror, in a close friendship, in love, in bed. And I find out-of-body, out-of-self experiences relieving, in a primal way. When sex throws you so deeply into your physical sensations that you can't speak, it's a relief to feel the ego fail you, to just be a lump of flesh.

 

My paintings pull my viewers into this kind of loose, untethered headspace. As body parts emerge slowly from fields of color, I want viewers to wonder: am I seeing what I think I'm seeing? Looking is like hitting rock bottom, or like a female orgasm, something which spreads outwards without a clear beginning or end, into a space where meaning is collapsed.

 

As eyelashes morph into hairy armpits, or a throbbing heart shifts into an upside-down face, these paintings open and close themselves over and over again. Each piece begins with a private moment: applying lipstick, slouching in a corner, flicking a nipple... but unlike many depictions of feminine forms, the women on these canvases are resistant to your gaze, their bodies fragmenting as spontaneously as they've coalesced. When you fall in love, you might want to consume your lover, to possess them, but you never can. They will always contain unknowable parts. Paintings are like that too, worlds that we can't quite grasp.

 

I make them to be closer to color, to knowledge, to another. But if you touch the bodies I paint, your hand will just hit a flat surface covered in an oily, puckering skin." -- 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 Shanghai (Shanghai, China), Thierry Goldberg Gallery and the RISD Museum of Art (Providence, USA).