On paper, Fay Ku’s works are psychological, narrative and figurative. Figures appear isolated against the white of the paper, drawn with delicacy. Fay’s characters explore the fluidity of identity—sexual, cultural, personal and political—and the ambiguity in relationships with one another.
Paper suits Fay’s temperament: they work quickly, allowing a flow of ideas to move through them. Fay’s inspirations come from travel, observation, the radio, films and books—in short, everything. Motifs reoccur in Fay’s work, but each time with different associations and references. And, within a single work, the concepts are often layered to yield multiple readings rather than one narrative. Fay is interested in the nuances of meaning.
Fay attended Bennington College in Vermont and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Fay has received numerous awards and grants, including a 2009 grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), and has been featured in numerous galleries around the world.
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