We Exist! We Have the Will! We are Producing!, 2013-19
Watercolour and pencil on graph paper
Series of unique works
These works are from a series of (largely unseen) unique watercolours, begun in 2011. Fay approaches each painting as a performance, entering a meditative mindset and completing each piece in a single sitting: method acting the role of a modernist textile designer, exploring patterns and tonal relationships.
The title is taken from the diary of Bauhaus Master, Oskar Schlemmer. Fay is drawn to the proclamatory nature of this phrase and the idea that to be alive is to engage aesthetically with the world.
Fay has produced larger works that stem from a selection of these watercolours, comprising digitally printed dyes on fine silk, reproducing the pages at large scale and transforming them into spacial forms that act as partitions or backdrops. These works have been exhibited internationally at galleries including: White Cube Mason’s Yard, UK (2013); Foundation Thalie, BE (2013); Kunsterhaus Vienna, AU (2013); Laura Bartlett, UK (2014); Art Rotterdam with Tenderpixel, NL (2014); MAISTERRAVALBUENA, ES (2015); Cosar HTM, DE (2015/20); Zabludowicz Collection, UK (2019).
A small selection of these original watercolours were exhibited in the group exhibition, Mind Rhymes at Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, 2013.Fay Nicolson's website