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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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