Is It You?: Faceless Painted Portraits by Fabio La Fauci | Yellowtrace
‘Untitled Playing With Red’.

Is It You?: Faceless Painted Portraits by Fabio La Fauci | Yellowtrace
‘Again? Really?’.

Is It You?: Faceless Painted Portraits by Fabio La Fauci | Yellowtrace
‘United Talking To A Red Sign’.

Is It You?: Faceless Painted Portraits by Fabio La Fauci | Yellowtrace
‘Is It You? N.12’.

Is It You?: Faceless Painted Portraits by Fabio La Fauci | Yellowtrace
‘United Sitting On The Armchair’.

 

Italian born, Berlin-based artist ‘s most recent work is a set of ten portraits, where each face has been masked by a thick, sculpted layer of ceramic and acrylic modelling paste. Titled Is It You? the series follows Fabio’s taste for surrealism and abstraction, ambiguity and transformation, and the passage from one form to another form. Is It You? hints at our own disconnectedness in a world saturated with images; our curiosity and need for recognition veiled in an additional level of complexity and frightening disorientation.

In each portrait, the figures are clearly human in classic portraiture poses—arms folded, looking over a shoulder, sitting on an armchair, or turned towards a distant point. Some are caught in more fluid motion, making hand gestures or standing at ease with hands on hips. Though the centre point of their humanness or emotion, the eyes and all the subtleties and nuances of individual facial expression, have been cloaked in fleshy pink and dense slathers unmixed blood red and white. The head has become a mask and a mystification of reality.

Fabio’s acrylic paste has been rounded perfectly into the shape of a face—so while it is irregular and disarming, each portrait remains rigorous in its composition and form, creating an intriguing tension between organic figurative shapes and abstract geometry, and between reality and perplexity.

 

Is It You?: Faceless Painted Portraits by Fabio La Fauci | Yellowtrace
‘Is It You? N.10’.

Is It You?: Faceless Painted Portraits by Fabio La Fauci | Yellowtrace
‘United In Pink With Something On The Shoulder’.

Is It You?: Faceless Painted Portraits by Fabio La Fauci | Yellowtrace
‘Is It You? N.2’.

Is It You?: Faceless Painted Portraits by Fabio La Fauci | Yellowtrace
‘Is It You? Trypitch’.

 


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About The Author

Sammy Preston

Sammy Preston is a writer, editor, and curator living in Sydney. Working especially within art and design, and then lifestyle and culture more broadly, Sammy is a senior writer at Broadsheet, and a contributing digital editor at Foxtel's Lifestyle platform. Sammy also contributes regularly to art and design press like VAULT Magazine, Art Collector, Art Edit, Habitus, and Indesign magazines. She's written art essays for MUSEUM, exhibition texts for Sophie Gannon Gallery, and has worked as an arts and culture editor for FBi Radio. In 2016, she worked as part of the editorial team for Indesign Magazine as digital editor during the publication's pivotal print and website redesign. Sammy was also the founding manager and curator of contemporary art space Gallery 2010—a curator-run initiative housed within a Surry Hills loading dock. The gallery hosted exhibitions with emerging and established artists from 2012 until 2016.

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