Ayan Farah

  • , Artemis, 2015
    Clay, mud, ink and vegetable dye on linen, hemp and canvas
    220 x 170 cm
  • , Athena, 2015
    Terracotta and mud on linen and canvas
    220 x 170 cm
  • , Wave - Tamar, 2014
    Clay and rainwater on canvas
    120 x 90 cm
  • , Untitled (Torn), 2014
    Mud and indian ink on linen
    200 x 90 cm
  • , Wave - Fen, 2014
    Clay, mud and rainwater on canvas
    190 x 100 cm
  • , Wave - Delta, 2014
    Clay, mud, rainwater and indian ink on canvas
    210 x 160 cm
  • , Wave - Mist, 2014
    Clay, mud, rainwater and indian ink on canvas
    200 x 150 cm
  • , Torn, 2014
    Clay, Dead Sea mud and ink on linen
    240 x 90 cm
  • , Untitled (Som), 2014
    Terracotta on linen
    210 x 160 cm
  • , Bay, 2014
    Clay, mud, ink and rust on canvas  
    240 x 170 cm
  • , Ebb, 2014
    Mud, clay and ink on canvas
    240 x 170 cm
  • , RA - Retreat, 2014
    Sun faded fabric
    245 x 135 cm
  • , RA - Paragon, 2014
    Sun faded fabric
    245 x 135 cm
  • , Wave (steady), 2014
    Terracotta, clay and rainwater on canvas
    210 x 160 cm
  • , Wave, 2014
    Clay, ink and rainwater on canvas
    210 x 160 cm
  • , Wave (earth), 2014
    Mud and wainwater on canvas
    210 x 160 cm
  • , Rain, 2014
    Clay, mud, rainwater and ink on canvas
    210 x 160 cm
  • , Seraphine Safir, 2014
    Clay, mud and ink on linen and hemp
    210 x 160 cm
  • , Noma, 2014
    Clay, ink and pigment on canvas
    170 x 120 cm
  • , Nevada, 2014
    Clay, mud and ink on canvas and leather
    170 x 120 cm
  • , Sigrid, 2014
    Clay and terracotta on canvas
    170 x 120 cm
  • , Untitled, 2014
    Clay and mud on canvas
    200 x 150 cm
  • , Untitled, 2014
    Terra cotta and clay on canvas
    200 x 150 cm
  • , Installation View
  • , Installation view
  • , Suez (Air), 2013
    Acrylic, vinegar, alcohol and fabric dye
    170 x 130 cm
  • , Leipzig 1988, 2012
    Oil stick on polyester
    170 x 130 cm
  • , Elyon, 2014
    Antique linon, leather, hemp, black mud, black clay, sea salt vinegar
    95 x 75 cm
  • , Dahab (Air), 2013
    Acrylic, fabric dye, alcohol, vinegar on cotton silk
    170 x 130 cm
  • , Cobalt (Air), 2013
    Acrylic, vinegar, alcohol and fabric dye on cotton silk
    170 x 130 cm
  • , Neve Elyon, 2014
    Terracotta on canvas
    180 x 120 cm
  • , Neve Tahton, 2014
    Black clay on canvas
    180 x 120 cm
  • , Meld, 2014
    Indian ink on linen and hemp
    180 x 120 cm

Everyone knows what a painting is: paint, pigment or colour applied to a surface. But in Ayan Farah’s hands a painting is much more than just that. In her work that surface often reacts to and records its exposure to light or it might involve a series of fabrics stitched together in a variety of roughly geometrical patterns. And while her paintings are not scientific records, often they are nevertheless a record of the chemistry and environmental conditions of a particular place over a particular time. Ayan Farah’s artworks evade conventional definitions. “I’ve always thought of them as part of an environment,” she says, “not like sculptures but like something that loses physical presence.” The works are how they are – on fabric – in part because that allows them to be portable. Yet wherever you are, however apparently static or fixed the situation, her work seems to say, even when you move away, you still take part of that encounter with you.

- Mark Rappolt


Exhibitions


Selected press

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