The convergence of urbanism, social structures and landscape-based research is the foundation of Deborah Farnault’s work, all while presenting a strong interest in popular culture. Working with a diversity of media and questioning different subject matters results in some panoramic story. She addresses the ideas of landscape, romanticism, spectacle, collective memory, and authenticity of experience.
Farnault studied the Fine Arts in France (Academy of Fine Arts, Strasbourg) and Finland (Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki). In 2008, she obtained her M.F.A. with honors and majored in Printmaking/Photography. She was awarded four residencies: N.I.S./Treignac Project in France for two consecutive years, 943 Studio in China, The Can Factory in NYC. In 2011, she was also invited as a guest artist to present her work at Parsons The New School for Design, within the Global Issues In Design program. Her work has been purchased by public collections in France, and she was selected for the Montrouge Salon for Contemporary Art. Farnault has exhibited in France, Sweden, and the USA, and she recently presented her first US solo exhibition, When We Talk About Love, at Littlefield Gallery.
During her Swing Space residency at Governors Island, Farnault will create a panorama inspired by Robert Barker’s 18th century paintings; a room with a “view” as a form of mass entertainment, both liberating and limiting human vision. Using a diversity of media (photography, collages, silkscreen printing, drawings, etc.) and addressing a wide range of ideas, she will create a comprehensive survey of our current social phenomena through this large-scale installation.
Featured Image Photo Credit: courtesy of the artist