Jennifer Faist

American, born 1966

Jennifer Faist

American, born 1966

Deceptively austere, Jennifer Faist’s monochromatic paintings issue from a labor-intensive process driven by the resonant associations she finds in the patterns of her own and others’ clothing. In her words, “Our closets are treasure troves of memories, and, as every garment is a reminder of moments in my past, every painting of these fabric patterns serves as a memento.” Her compositions—including intimate squares, elongated strips, and rectangles—may be seen as swatches of fabric, with an Op Art twist. Lines, shapes, and polka dots undulate in waves across the picture plane. Faist begins by sanding down the surface of a wooden panel, applying a coat of gesso, and painting on numerous layers of pigment. By sanding down these layers, she re-creates the clothing patterns of her memories, finally sealing them in for perpetuity with a sensuous sheen of resin.