My art shall not only give the viewers aesthetic pleasure, but also strike a personal chord with them through history, culture, and the hidden mysteries of ancient colors and scents
Fay transitioned from portraiture and landscape art to abstract art a few years ago. The desire to explore unbounded frontiers, the urge to break away from predetermined shapes and details, bubbled to the tip of her brush. She enjoys the freedom, the boldness, and the ability to write mysterious frictions using her colorful and powerful strokes, leaving room for one’s own interpretation of history and life experiences. There was no turning back.
Abstract art gives a freedom that is not easy: it depends upon discipline and intuition. Detours are quite common, but they introduce the surprising turns that bring the journey to the right destination, the one that was anxiously calling to be born. Impulse, internal cues, and natural flow are important in Fay’s art.
Fay’s formative years in China and traveling around the world gave her a sense of history and millenary traditions that permeate her work. At times, calligraphy, music, antiques, renaissance, ancient temple or Maya ruins from her life experience hide in her paintings. They rest in deep layers, in quiet corners, and in unexpected elements of the composition.
Many people ask Fay how can an engineer like her, with a doctorate degree, prefers abstract art over more traditional forms. Most people assume that Fay craves for straight lines, geometric shapes, or urban landscapes with beams and columns. The truth is that abstract art is built on a disciplined balance of form and freedom. Fay brings a structured understanding of the world as the basis for her art. Then she mixes it with the chaos of reality – past and present – to offer a new mirror with unique reflections.
Fay has spent the last decade of her life working in development, finding ways to empower individuals and communities to escape poverty. Her work has taken her from countries in conflict like Afghanistan and Mali, to some of the poorest neighborhoods of the world in Tanzania and Pakistan. She has seen hope in the eyes of children in Vietnam and Ethiopia. It is not possible to isolate her art from the struggles, stories, and aspirations she has heard in her travels. Colors, crafts, expressions, and rituals appear in her palette. Yet, she finds ultimate joy and peace in painting and wishes others do too.