About the work
My paintings take landscape and nature as their subject and as a point of departure. I embrace the imperfections and the accidental relationships that evolve among multiple layers of paint and graphic marks. I start with pools of color that blend and disperse into the canvas. These large areas are then layered with collaged printed marks from a vocabulary of hand-made printmaking tools I developed from my impressions of ordinary objects and experiences, such as a pattern formed on a sidewalk from an afternoon shadow, swaying branches or rippling on the surface of a lake.
As I work and allow the brush strokes, pools of color and printed marks to combine, the parts form into an entity that is neither restrained nor governed by an overriding goal or pre-determined resolution.
My work is influenced by living in Japan as a small child and experiencing the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi, which is defined by impermanence, imperfection, visual economy and intimacy.
As a painter, I participate in a delicate balancing act between creating something complete and ordered, with leaving just enough imbalance and disorder to allow for movement, rhythm and ambiguous transitions as the painting comes to completion.
About the artist
Laura Fayer is a painter living and working in New York City. She is a recipient of a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and has exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, including solo shows at Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica, Thomas Robertello Gallery in Chicago, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in NYC and Galerie du Tableau in Marseille. She was awarded grants from International Residencies for Artists and the Massachusetts Cultural Council for a fellowship to live and work for two months at Triangle France in Marseille. She has also been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and has travelled in South America, Asia and Africa.
Fayer’s work is in many corporate and public collections, including Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, MGM Mirage and the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Ritz Carltons in Atlanta and Shenzhen, China, and the US Embassy in Djibouti.
Fayer is the daughter of an Economics professor whose specialty was Japan. Her family, including her parents and six siblings, lived in Tokyo for a few years. On trips home to the US, travel included the Trans-Siberian railroad and an oceanliner from Yokohama to Russia. Her work is deeply influenced by those early years in Japan.
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.