Sneak Peek: Roxanne Faber Savage

February 23, 2012

By Jared Ainscough

Roxanne Faber Savage is an artist whose work varies greatly from piece to piece, from swimmers, to houses, to birds, to power lines, to abstract red boxes, to phases of the moon. Arranged in a list, these things couldn’t be more different–plucked from obscurity.

But in the hands of Savage, these obscure topics develop a strange relationship. Certain patterns and aspects that you would never have considered start to emerge. Her treatment of each subject (smoky and distorted, often repeating and distant) gives her images the feeling of old photographs and keepsakes. The way that she has worked and weathered the images gives the impression that she is changing and rearranging them–digging, trying to discover connections between the subjects she has chosen. This process of discovery is tempting, and I find myself trying to trace the connections along with her.

I think this is what great art does. It makes you look at things differently.

Big House Ice, Roxanne Faber Savage

Soul, Solo, 2009, photo etching, Roxanne Faber Savage

Chemical Landscape-pink, 2011, silkscreen monoprint, Roxanne Faber Savage

100 lbs. of Water I, 2007, monoprint, Roxanne Faber Savage

Look for an article about Faber and her prints in our next New England Home’s Connecticut issue.