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Faye Haskins

Faye Haskins lives and works in London when she is not travelling to the countries that fuel and inspire her work.
She exhibits regularly in solo and group exhibitions in London, nationally and internationally.
Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections.
Faye has an M.A. in Fine Art and has specialised in printmaking since her B.A.
She is primarily a printmaker who also paints, draws and uses digital imagery both as a medium in its own right and as a tool in her mixed media pieces.
She currently teaches in 2 London colleges in printmaking and fine art.

Recent trips have been to India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and to Peru, where inspiration has been drawn from trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. More recently, a road trip in the S.W. states of the USA and a 115km pilgrimage along the camino to Santiago de Compostella, Galicia.
Current work encapsulates imagery from all of the forementioned travels.

Future Exhibitions include:
2007
26th Feb – 11th March
23rd April – 6th May
Untitled Gallery at the Adam Street Private members club.
Summer and Christmas Open Studios, Studio 7, Great Western Studios, London

Recent exhibitions include:
Solo shows
2005 Artist in Residence The Cobden Club, London
2003 Suffolk to Sinai The gallery at oxo, Oxo Tower, London
Printmaking - The Café Gallery, The Mary Ward Centre, London

Group shows
2006 The Great Art Fair, Alexandra Palace, London
Bi-Annual Open Studios, Studio 7, Great Western Studios
Affordable Art Fair, Karen Taylor Gallery
Selected Gallery shows, Karen Taylor Gallery, Twickenham
2005
Cavaliero Finn – Contemporary Art Show, The Old Barn, Sandydown, Stockbridge, Hants SO20 6BY
Bi-Annual Open Studios, Studio 7, Great Western Studios
2004
Bi-Annual Open Studios, Studio 7, Great Western Studios
Selected Gallery Exhibitions, Waytemore Art Gallery, Bishops Stortford, Herts.
Selected Gallery exhibitions, Karen Taylor Contemporary Art Gallery, Twickenham.
The Affordable Art Fair, Karen Taylor Contemporary Art, London.
2003 Bi-Annual Open Studios, Great Western Studios, Great Western Rd. London
2002 The Affordable Art Fair, Prospero Art, Battersea Park, London
Great Western Studios biannual Open GWS, London
2001 Raw Canvas
Aldwych Tube, The Strand, London,
City of Westminster Arts Council Exhibition St. Martins Gallery, London,
Great Western Studios biannual Open GWS, London
2000 New Boundaries Hortensia Gallery, London,
Great Western Studios biannual Open GWS, London
1999 Group Show Gallery Utraque Iungo Vienna, Austria
Gathered Essentials Hortensia Art Gallery, London
Great Western Studios biannual Open GWS, London
1998 Vital Art ’98 The Atlantis Gallery, London
National Open Print Exhibition The Mall Galleries, London

Travel is an essential source of inspiration - it has become an action that is comparative to a ritual, which fuels the work. Driven by a curiosity - an intrigue - an exploration of the unknown and yet a familiar action that is repeated - similar in essence to that of a pilgrimage.
"The pilgrim abandons his customary way of life in order to strengthen his own identity, to become less dependent on his environment…"
Angela Vetesse - on Hamish Fulton Walking Artist.

Although I am using specific symbols (recognisable imagery) I am not in pursuit of a single idea. The work tends to be a reflection of our contemporary free for all, borrowing from a number of cultural sources.
The imagery in the work remains ambiguous - this ambiguity allows the viewer to enter the equation of the journey of discovery. It becomes the viewers' role to reflect upon the form and its place in this culture / society.
The presence / absence element derives from my interest in relics, in things being revealed or discovered, in the act of discovery, which for me has manifested itself in the ritual like action of travel.

The Andean Landscapes
For the ancient Andean peoples it appears that it was land itself that held all the promises and treasures. Influenced by a recent trip to Peru, representations of the Andean landscape concentrate on the blurring of boundaries between the land and the sky, between the tangible and the intangible. The land has the sense of being permeable, mirroring the presence / absence quality of past imagery. This is particularly relevant as the work is developed with a strong sense of memory and reflection. One is drawn into the space of the landscapes through a combination of texture and atmospheric tones and only then does the full detail reveal itself. There is an underlying structure of a series of maps depicting the Machu Picchu region of the Andes and the ‘classic’ Inca Trail route to Machu Picchu, linking back to an earlier series of prints entitled ‘Building the Beaten Track’.
The recent prints have taken on a similar theme. Snap shots of Peruvian imagery etched into metal narrate a journey with maps, sometimes blind embossed into the surface of the paper.
‘The snapshot is a potent form of imagery – it encapsulates our supposed desire to objectify memory and stem the flow of time’

The Asian influences
Many of the ancient temples and sites researched and experienced remain important pilgrimage sites today. There is no attempt to recreate a pilgrimage but an association to the action - to the ritual - my ritual of travel. The Hoysala temples in southern India and Angkor Wat, Cambodia, have been one of the most recent areas of focus.
Early Hinayana icons of the Buddha were represented as a pair of empty footprints, the message: - He has passed this way, but he has gone beyond.
It is concepts like the above that draw my interests towards Buddhism and the images of Buddhas in all various states and forms. Buddhism is adaptable to differing cultural values and societies and the sense of perpetual evolution in Buddhist thought mirrors my personal response to life and art, constantly changing, building and growing. It is not though so much the religion that interests me, as a personal response to the visual. The image of the buddha holds a fascination for me that is inexplicable in its strength.
My representations are usually in a transient state,hovering between the physical and metaphysical, but always with a sense of serenity, strength and beauty.
Within Hindu art, unlike Buddhist art, the human form is depicted as curvaceous, voluptuous and filled with potential motion.
The celestial dancing figures, Apsaras, have been added to the visual language and are intended to be sensual. The forms are mythical and out of reach, performing what was once an integral part of temple ritual and worship.
Every piece of work and element is a journey taken, they are vehicles of transcendence, a place or situationrevisited, with the added element of memory.