Beginning with aqueous pools of color, Laura Fayer slowly builds each painting using successive layers of media. Acrylic washes are overlayed with collaged rice paper markings inspired by ordinary objects and experiences; branches, shadows on sidewalks, pooled water and foliage inform her pattern-making, which she creates using hand-made printmaking tools.
Without a preconceived notion of how the paintings will resolve, Fayer allows her imagery to gradually emerge. By building successive layers of media, Fayer allows certain areas to recede beneath veils of rice paper, and embraces imperfections and accidental relationships. Areas of rice paper are allowed to wrinkle and jostle, while others are kept crisp and map-like. Fayer's marks slowly gather into gently undulating compositions, resulting in a series of paintings that offer levels of interpretation, but are ultimately defined by impermanence, visual economy and intimacy.
“I participate in a delicate balancing act between creating something complete and ordered, with leaving just enough imbalance and disorder to give the work a subtle beauty,” the artist states. “This allows the viewer to experience the movement, rhythm and ambiguous transitions as the painting comes together as an embodiment of naturalistic form.”
Laura Fayer is a graduate of Harvard University in Visual and Environmental Studies and holds an MFA in painting from Hunter College in New York City. She lives and works in New York City.