Sarah Faux (b. Boston, MA, 1986) is a painter whose somatic work lies at the threshold of figuration and abstraction. Her paintings embrace unabashed sensuality, autonomy and pleasure. Faux's fluid compositions teeter on the edge of reality, revealing how much of our emotional and sensory lives take place beneath the surface.
Initially, her works often appear abstract. Overlapping volumes of luminous color are seductively tied together by quick, writhing line drawings. In disorientating configurations, Faux mirrors and inverts bodily forms in close crops. Within her pools of luscious paint, viewers slowly discern moments of clarity - a resting hand, a knowing eye. Organized from a first-person perspective, Faux's paintings build on an earlier feminist approach, that of painters Joan Semmel and Luchita Hurtado. This viewpoint creates an out-of-body experience for the viewer, who viscerally participates in their creation.
Born in 1986 in Boston, MA, Faux received her MFA in Painting from Yale University in 2015. She gained a joint BA and BFA from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Faux lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.