My work follows a linear personal narrative. Each part is a chapter of a greater whole, where individual works become steps in the path. Traveling through states of premature bliss, to an eventual dive into the depths of the shadow and the hidden parts of the psyche. The struggles of the “self” and selflessness are temporary; following desire leads into an inevitable dive into facing the personal historical threads of trauma. Through the necessary eventual act of real reflection and exploration of the shadow, I can bring light to the dark, and move towards true growth and freedom. The work is an expression of this process.
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Je Suis: I am. "What is i if not the soul of what feels..."
A collection of instagram stories, which are intended to only last for a 24 hour period, made permanent by being printed out using archival pigment ink and painted onto, forming a fading portrait of the "self." An exploration of the stories we tell ourselves, the mask which makes up the ego. All pieces in the series are 40x60 inches, Oil and Acrylic on Printed Canvas.
Grief & Bliss, 2017
Fade Into Elation, 2017
Seven Flowers For Seven Strides, 2017
If Being Free Is Not Within The Walls of Ecstasy, 2017
Transcending Beyond The Tapestry, 2017
Infinite formless timelessness, united in our spirit and similarity. Escaping the boundaries of form, line and culture. Fading what is, into what binds. In this state is the understanding of what is real beyond the lines of distinction. Enveloped in spaceless reality we float in euphoria as a singular bound consciousness of the universe. All a constant dance to freedom. Using a temporary material, such as charcoal, and making it immutable, through the use of fixatives and layering, it became a conscious effort to make the impermanent, permanent. A process of recognizing the movement from the mortal nature of life, to the immortality of the spirit, the temporal nature of struggle, to the permanence of presence. A stripping away or revealing of the true nature of "I." All pieces in the series are 40x60 inches, Charcoal, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas.
Self Devoid Devotion I, 2017
The Seeker, 2017
Indefinitely Wading, 2018
The Hazy Embrace of SpeculationFolded on The Lines of Memory, 2018
Introverted Tumultuous Tranquility, 2018
Self Devoid Devotion II, 2017
The Dance of Solace and Surrender, 2018
Fading What Is Into What Binds, 2018
The Vastness of Uncertainty, 2018
A vanished sense of self through a realization of interconnectedness and transcendence. But the epiphany is premature, self-defeating and fleeting. Without the necessary dive into the shadow, reality, trauma, pain and difficulty are not truly faced and get repressed below. The "I" is vanished, to which we are unconsciously controlled by the repression. All pieces in the series are 40x60 inches, Charcoal, Oil, Limestone, Pastel and Acrylic on Canvas.
Acedia & Inaction, 2018
Self-Effacing Integration, 2018
The realization that enlightenment comes from self reflection and a dive into the depths of the shadow. An exploration of the dark caverns to find the glimmering gems at the core. Light and color into shadow and fog. All pieces in the series are 40x60 inches, Charcoal, Oil, Pastel, Pigment and Acrylic on Canvas.
Intoxication & Trauma, 2018
The unknown is a temperamental beast;and I dare ask, let the drama unfold, 2018
Restless Thoughts Laid Bare, 2018
Scattered Light, 2018
Surrendering Compulsion, 2018
The Burden of Fantasy, 2018
this is not tranquility, 2018
Tumultuous Shadow, 2018
Shadow & Fog I, 2018
Shadow & Fog II, 2018
Shadow & Fog III, 2018Charcoal, 24k gold-leaf, oil & acrylic on canvas
Devon Farber is a painter born in New York into a family of artists. He currently lives and works in New York. He attended the School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His work has been shown internationally and in the US.