Art on Paper Miami December 1-6, 2015

View Fayum Portrait series at Art on Paper Miami, some.time.salon–Booth J5.

With this ongoing series I draw the figures of unidentified John and Jane Does. Referencing missing people databases I translate the mass index of internet content into single in-depth portraits. Their faces are drawn on old manila envelopes that could easily be filed, forgotten, or discarded.

 

Fayum Portrait #29 2012 Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf 14 x 10 inches
Lauren A. Toomer                                                                             Fayum Portrait #29
2012
Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf
14 x 10 inches

The marks continuously unfold with apparent and hidden figures and mementos, layered and embedded throughout the composition.

Fayum Portrait #24 2013 Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf 14 x 10 inches
Lauren A. Toomer                                                                                                                                                    Fayum Portrait #24
2013
Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf
14 x 10 inches

Landscapes, figures, debris and personal objects  are present in the drawing. The fragmentized marks and symbols provide some sense of narrative to linger on the surface, even if it is simply about the materiality of the mark and impermanence of the object and subject.

 

Fayum Portrait #22 2013 Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf 14 x 10 inches
Lauren A. Toomer                                                                                                   Fayum Portrait #22
2013
Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf
14 x 10 inches
Fayum Portrait #17 2013 Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf 14 x 10 inches
Lauren A. Toomer                                                                                            Fayum Portrait #17
2013
Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf
14 x 10 inches

 

Fayum Portrait #10 2010 Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf 14 x 10 inches
Fayum Portrait #10
2010
Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf
14 x 10 inches
Fayum Portrait #14 2010 Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf 14 x 10 inches
Fayum Portrait #14
2010
Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf
14 x 10 inches
Fayum Portrait #28 2010 Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf 14 x 10 inches
Fayum Portrait #28
2010
Graphite, white charcoal on manilla envelope, and wood shelf
14 x 10 inches

-Lauren A. Toomer