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Sarah Faux (born 1986) lives in New York.
Sarah Faux merges the seemingly disparate strands of figurative representation and gestural abstraction to construct sensual situations where raw bodies drift in a state of liminality. Faux crops her subjects to focus on specific body parts, a compositional strategy that pulls the audience into an intimate, first-person perspective.
In the installation conceived as a site-specific work for Frieze New York, Faux unpacks a sensory moment of looking and touching, and thrusts the viewer directly into the action. In this deconstructed bedroom, large-scale hands, thighs, roving hairs and pulsing color surround us. Her cut-out canvas collages hang both as works in themselves, and as backdrops for stretched paintings. These fragmented parts, tacked up like animal hides, provide a key for onlookers to decode the tangled bodies embedded within her paintings.
Sarah Faux received her MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 2015. She received a joint BA/BFA from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Faux has had solo exhibitions in the USA, China, and Europe. Her paintings have been written about in Cultured Magazine, artcritical, Surface Magazine, Modern Painters, The Wall Street Journal and Artsy, among others.