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Deborah Farnault
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: The convergence of urbanism and landscape is the foundation of my work. Through the use of photography-based research, I observe social structures. I address the ideas of absence, romanticism, representation, and authenticity of experience. I use the myth of primal nature (powerful and self-sufficient) and confront it to settlement and gatherings. Observing how our relation to landscape has turned into a spectacle, I record parades, tourist itineraries, gated communities and national parks. My images represent a landscape that is both majestic and oppressive, and produce a dichotomy of the wild and the tamed. Working with a diversity of media creates a panoramic story about the perception of reality, and about the significance of the visual image as the sign and the recording of collective experience. I illustrate the search for an “ideal” landscape or for some peace of mind, balancing back and forth between chaotic and peaceful visions. It is a collection of encounters and sensory experiences, while making our way through life and getting lost in unconstrained thoughts. This experience that could be one of contemplation ends up being one of frustration. “As such, we fill in meaning based on our own experiences, perception and desires.” (1) (1) This Must Be the Place, a text about Deborah Farnault’s work by Barbara Adams and David Peppas, 2012
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  • Blues Tonight
    2012
    Silkscreen print and paint on metal   Each panel 30 x 16 inches (overall 30 x 50 inches)
    Edition 1 View of the installation for the exhibition "This Must Be The Place" at Spazio Morris, Milan Italy, November 2012 Photo documentation by Jacopo Grassi

  • Through The Eye Of Beauty
    2013
    Installation, silkscreen print on metal plates   Each panel various dimensions (overall 35 x 70 inches)
    Edition 1

  • Wild Things Are #3
    2012
    Silkscreen print on paper   20 x 28 inches
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • Wild Things Are #1
    2012
    Silkscreen print on paper   20 x 28 inches
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • Wild Things Are #4
    2012
    Silkscreen print on paper   20 x 28 inches
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • Wild Things Are #6
    2012
    Silkscreen print on paper   20 x 28 inches
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • Backyards #1
    2013
    Lambda print   23 x 30 inches
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • Better Days #2
    2012
    Giclee archival print   20 x 24 inches each panel (overall 20"x50")
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • Better Days #1
    2012
    Giclee archival print   23 x 30 inches
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • Aventura, Fl 10.08 #1
    2009
    Lambda prints   17 x 14 inches each panel
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • Aventura, Fl 10.08 #2
    2009
    Giclee archival print   27 x 35 inches
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • Nasa Space Center, Fl 10.08 #1
    2009
    Giclee archival print   20 x 24 inches each panel (overall 20"x50")
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • Nasa Space Center, Fl 10.08 #5
    2009
    Lambda prints   14 x 17 inches each panel
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • I'm Done With Parks For Today
    2010
    Silkscreen print on paper   20 x 20 inches
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • Mustang fair, Fl 09.07 #2
    2008
    C-print   28 x 34 inches
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • Mustang fair, Fl 09.07 #3
    2008
    C-print   28 x 34 inches
    Edition 3 + 2 AP

  • "This is not a Time for Dreaming"
    2010
    Collages, silkscreen, gouache on paper   11 x 15 inches
    Edition 1

  • Beasts #7
    2012
    Collage, gouache on paper   3-1/2 x 5 inches
    Edition 1

  • Beasts #11
    2012
    Collage, gouache on paper   3-1/2 x 5 inches
    Edition 1

  • Dirty Word
    2012
    Collage, gouache on paper   10 x 7 inches
    Edition 1
 








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