"...lives and works in New Haven, CT. She has exhibited in NY, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, and in Asia.... received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in 1997 and her BA from Yale University in 1994... currently an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Art, where she is also Acting Director of Graduate Studies of the Painting and Printmaking Department....

Her mastery of color, experimentation in pattern, and relentless study of the optic converge in an exhibition of extraordinary paintings rich with dichotomy.

The surfaces of these paintings are glass-smooth, but Faruqee revels in the vagaries of her medium, integrating the heretofore rigid systems of op with the unruly sensuality of paint. She writes:

'My paintings are not slick, though they often appear so in reproduction. They expose their making--a slight topography of paint, an overlap or mis-registration, a slip of the hand. These moments emphasize the materiality of the process and the humanity of both the artist and the viewer. These physical irregularities actually augment the optical when used pointedly: a blurred edge or ridged surface provides a more intense optical event.

These new works expand Faruqee's longstanding practice of painting hundreds of handmade modules in subtly shifting colors to create color gradients that simulate light, shadow or painterly bleeds. The asterisk-shaped modules she uses refer to early studies of geometry, the traditional Islamic (and Faruqee's contemporary) pursuit of a "content-less" motif, and the individual units that make up pixelation. These large "freehand" paintings are improvisational: Faruqee "grows" the painting, starting with a single, hand painted module on the edge or middle of the canvas. Through this process she refers to the seeming chaos and corresponding mathematics found in nature.

Though both bodies of work make ..."
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