Sian Faber is an artist who has moved from painting to sculpture, from watercolours to glass & stone,
& from the beaches of Australia to the mountains of Southern Spain.
Her latest works are a series of wall-hanging sculptures which connect the opposite ends of the
physical spectrum - "Water from Stone” & "Movement from Stone"
Sian always had a passion for ocean and beaches, and in Sydney she painted dramatic wave paintings, "using water to paint water” as she said.
.... to Sculptor
The opportunity to extend herself as an artist with the move to Europe was too good to miss. So she travelled, & marvelled & studied... and the result has been that she’s emerged with a new medium.
This is an adaption of the Byzantine mosaic techniques she studied in Italy - but with a contemporary twist.
And while she's held true to the subject of water & its movement, this too has been given a contemporary twist & moved toward the abstract.
To produce these 2- dimensional wall-mounted sculptures, Sian first chooses a stone 'setting' as her canvas.
Then, she personally hand-cuts & places thousands of tiny glass shards in a ripply water pattern that interplays with light - just like the sun reflecting off the surface of streams, seas & lakes.
This allows her to juxtapose the movement of water with the beautiful markings left in the stone which were - themselves - caused by movement, the earth's movement.
In this way, the artwork engages on multiple levels. There's a relationship between nature & the artist, the relationship between the stone setting & the glass shards (movement, stone & water) and - on a whole different level - the changing interplay of light absorbing, reflecting or refracting off the shards & stone.
This is something to be experienced in person as it can't be captured faithfully by the still image.
In the artist's own words
The last couple of years have been all about change & adaptation for my husband & me.
After 30 years living in Sydney’s urban vibrancy, we’re now living a mountain village life in one of the most beautiful parts of Spain, and adapting to a new hemisphere, new continent, new country, new culture, new language, new side of the road to drive on, new food & new friends.
Originally I thought I’d be painting in oils in Europe... but with so many disruptions & new influences, I abandoned all pre-conceived ideas & just went with the flow, remaining ‘open’ & hoping somehow that the old and new would cross-fertilise.
After a steep learning curve in which we've visited 4 continents to source our materials & to learn techniques, I've emerged with a new perspective & a new medium.
Plus I’m reaping the benefits allowed to me by working full-time on my art.
Whereas previously I'd paint in watercolour - working swiftly, with light-handed immediacy in controlled chaos - now I work in stone & glass at a completely different pace, in a more measured practise of repetitive patterns.
I piece it together slowly, which is quite labour-intensive, but it's also a meditative creative endeavour.
And seeing my vision materialise pixel-by-pixel right before my eyes is very satisfying.
Nature is a formidable abstract artist, & because I work so closely with her beauty, it can be as intimidating as it is humbling. I can't compete.
Actually I don't compete. Instead, I focus on harmonising & augmenting.... and appreciating what a great privilege it is to be able to do so.
And I'm driven by the idea that collectors of my art will be hanging on their wall an item of beauty which is also an actual piece of the mountain itself.
I feel very lucky for where I have ended up after a couple of years in which I seemed intent on changing all I’d never come to know as a constant. I wondered who I might end up being, turns out that one constant is myself.
Having thrown everything up in the air I am excited about where I have landed and what I am doing in my artwork. I am looking forward to seeing my studio space filled with glittering beauty.
I invite you all to step out the door of your comfort zone and go find yourself too, it’s the one journey we all owe ourselves to take.
Of course I also invite you to visit the studio in Spain whenever you are able, just send me a message so I know to expect you.
The majority of Sian's artworks have been commissioned & are in private collection in Australia, the UK and USA.
At present, she is creating a body of work for Art Gaucin, Spain in May/June this year & formal gallery exhibition in late 2019 & early 2020.