Dominique Fayad and Michele van de Roer
ON VIEW July 12–August 6, 2022
Dominique Fayad is a painter and printmaker who currently lives between Paris, Washington DC, and New York. Having grown up in Paris and Beirut, she finds her inspiration in the urban and natural features of countries she visits and lives in. Her artwork explores themes of identity, heritage, transmission, and perception through visual interpretations of multicultural aesthetics.
She discovered etching in Alexandria, VA and continues perfecting her technique at Manhattan Graphics Center and Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York, where she was a teaching assistant in the Fall of 2019. She enjoys exploring ways to create textures, patterns, lines, and color combinations within the technical constraints imposed by the printmaking process, echoing the complexity of the themes she strives to express.
Her artwork has been displayed in multiple juried group shows and can be found in private collections in Paris, New York, Washington DC, Beirut, Frankfurt, and Geneva.
I am thrilled to present prints from my series “Under My Skin” for this exhibition. This body of work explores themes of identity, heritage, transmission, and perception through a visual expression of multicultural aesthetics inspired by nature.
The prints are created from dried roses, gladiolus, golden rain tree fruits, oriental plane and gingko tree leaves etched on copper and zinc plates. They are handprinted on thin Japanese papers of various thicknesses. The transparency obtained by layering the prints translates the idea of transmission while the organic and degradable material transferred onto the metal plates and paper evokes survival and durability. I like the contrast of the hardness of the plates and acid bites with the delicacy and fragility of each petal’s vein and leaf. The etchings are often mixed with or printed on gilded paper, or enhanced with golden gansai tambi paint, pencil and pen lines at the crossroads of tradition and modernity. Many collages in this series form geometric Levantine and biomorphic Indo-Persian inspired compositions seeking to express a contemporary interpretation of multicultural and intertemporal aesthetics.
These prints, made over the last three years, are a mix of printmaking techniques such as soft ground, dry point, mokuhanga, gilding, and collage that I was fortunate to perfect alongside wonderful artists and teachers at MGC: Vijay Kumar, Nandini Bagla Chirimar, Rie Hasegawa, Bill Gauthier, to only name a few.
I am delighted to exhibit with artist and dear friend Michèle van de Roer, whom I met at MGC a few summers ago and whose talent and career are truly inspirational.
Michèle van de Roer
Michèle van de Roer was born in the Netherlands and now lives and works in Paris as an artist-in-residence at the La Ruche-Seydoux Foundation.
In 1982–83, she received a Fulbright scholarship to attend Pratt Institute in New York. In the years since she has often returned to the city to meet with printmakers to learn new techniques, notably at Manhattan Graphics Center.
Her work is in private collections in Europe, the UK, the US, and Brazil – as well as in public collections such as the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers, and the Rodin Museum and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.
Her work is often selected for juried shows in the US and Europe. In addition to our miniature print exhibition on view on our website, she’s also exhibiting in May in “Mini Gems” at Saga Gallery.
Michèle is represented by the Eric Mourlot Gallery in NYC; the Paul Prouté Gallery in Paris; and the Chantal Bamberger Galllery in Strasbourg.
Eric Mourlot Gallery, Ny
Paul Proute, Paris, France
Chantal Bamberger Gallery, Strasbourg,February 2022 Show
It's a pleasure to present in the upcoming show, print achievements which I explored at MGC. The inspiration for most of my work in these prints is found in the underlying structures of nature and I finalize my prints at my studio at La Ruche in Paris. I am very pleased to share this show with artist Dominique Fayad whom I met at Manhattan Graphic Center several years ago. Her petal/flower print series are a brilliant evocation of nature and a perfect match.