About the work
I approach every new painting as a unique challenge and a discovery process.
My paintings come from instinct and intuition, and my contact with the canvas is responsive, like a conversation, telling and listening.
Willem De Kooning thought about the content of his abstract paintings as a glimpse of something, an encounter or a flash, where the glimpse of something small is what becomes the starting idea for the painting.
This is how I think of my paintings as well. The paintings go through many changes, hundreds of micro-decisions, revisions, additions, overlays, etc. as I work. I believe in taking chances with the work and not being afraid of ruining the initial layers.
The work consists of a combination of painting and printmaking. I use hand-made printmaking tools to print my designs onto very thin Japanese paper, and then collage the paper in layers interspersed with pools of acrylic paint.
Although much of my work is nature-based and landscape inspired, I rarely use specific imagery to make my paintings. Instead my work is a reflection of what I've experienced and observed and I make a point to observe unusual juxtapositions. Most of my imagery comes from drawings that I've made. The drawings are abstract and I draw quickly to encourage a feeling of movement.
My work is also influenced by living in Japan as a child and experiencing the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi, which is defined by impermanence, imperfection, visual economy and intimacy.
While painting, 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.