Becoming Your Medium

Inspired by his studies in science and an expression coined by Frank Lloyd Wright, “Each material has its own message”, artist Christian Faur has a wide rang of work experimenting with materials such as crayons, shredded paper, oil, encaustics, and fabric and fiber in a very unique way. His crayon and shredded paper works are Trompe l’oeil’s achieved by placing color whether it be the crayons or pieces of lighter or darker paper to create the image he wants us to see.

From the Artist
In my work, I try to mimic these elegant structures of nature by developing systems of my own with which to express my thoughts and ideas, so that the medium and the message appear as one. I think of it like a game, with a set of axioms that are established at the outset through the limitations of the material or forms from which the work is constructed, which then dictates what can and cannot be “said” within the boundaries of the chosen medium. This material limitation can also be a strength, as there is the potential to contain thoughts and ideas in unique ways, so that the “medium” can become the “message.” This intertwining of form and function can be seen most directly in my most recent work, which is comprised of crayons and shredded paper.