Anastasia Faiella

Founding Member

Much of my work is about the illegibility of gesture. Writing on the canvas is like sewing on the paper: episodes of my process which resist’s the viewer’s reading. On canvas, I often instigate a sentence: one to repeat. Choosing from a mundane event, a memory, or an intimate experience, the repetition of this phrase devolves into hieroglyphics, nothing legible for others. I move from language to gesture, legibility to opacity.

My recent work is informed by my earlier performance art, as it investigates the role of the body in mark making. How might repetition, and extended gestures, become legible? How might repletion, or the body interrupt access to words? In my new painting, letters across a canvas invite, but refuse reading. My gestures with translucent and opaque paint render the difficulty of accessing language: the viewer wants to read through, to know or understand, but are instead kept at a distance.