Photo by Bryan Derballa, May 2020, for The New York Times: Eva Faye and her Ocean Road No. 8
Eva Faye is from Oslo, Norway, currently living in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the Ecole Superieure d’Arts Graphiques and the Parsons School of Design in Paris and New York City, prior to her Master of Fine Arts Degree at Hunter College. Over the past thirty years, her drawings and paintings have been widely exhibited in Norway and the United States. She is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and numerous Norwegian grants and artist awards. Her work is prominent in many esteemed private and public collections, such as The National Gallery of Art, Oslo, Norway, The Norwegian Council for the Arts, Bærum Kommune, Norway, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, DNB Bank, New York City and Montefiore Art Collection, New York.
Eva’s work finds genesis in the mutual observance of nature; looking into her own inner archeology and vulnerability to transliterate what is nonverbal into external forms and substance. Organic patterns map musings, memory and manifestations of the body onto vellum, oil paint, linen and wood — materials that are demonstrative of organicity — supple, translucent, tensile and membrane-like. Entrenched in metaphors of dichotomy and transience, she works in unison with its ephemeral and diaphanous nature — puncturing, cutting, painting and layering — to provoke tessellated moments of visual time and experience — every cut into the vellum bears the mark of the hand. Her recent series Ocean Road (2019-20) introduces oversized vellum pieces, reverentially painted, cut and mounted to float off the wall. This dimensionality of lightness and form echo organic patterns within all life, reciprocally formed and deepened through the intuition of making. In the same way, her current work The Paradox of Memory (2020-21) focuses on layering followed by the erasure of paint, like memory, more layers, working with colors trying to build an organic living image. These paintings feel new yet familiar — a paradoxical type of memory that is borne through accumulated omission.
Video: Eva in Her Studio, 2013, Artists Choose Artists, Parrish Art Museum