Image of artwork titled "Holding Patterns 1" by Joey Fauerso

Joey Fauerso, Holding Patterns 1, 2021
Acrylic on stretched canvas
66 × 66 inches

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, Fauerso decided, as a young mother of two young boys, to stop painting in oil. She invented a new subtractive method of painting with acrylic using squeegees, kitchen spatulas, and other household items in place of a traditional paintbrush. The process is reductive in nature—most of the lines and outlines of figures and shapes are created by scaping through areas of wet paint to the original substrate of canvas or paper. She thinks of the paintings as two-dimensional carvings that also become indexical records of the textures of the ground.



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