The moment I walked through the doors of Davis & Cline in Ashland, I fell hard for the work of Haley Farthing. Immediately, they drew me in, I had to take a closer look. What exactly was I seeing? Her palette is so subtle, the shapes so fluid, these are works that are best examined at close range.
For Haley, “abstraction and ambiguity of a subject is much more powerful when it is a part of it’s inherent nature”. She takes organic subjects, such as driftwood, plants, etc and magnifies the view, creating a perspective that highlights their intrinsic abstraction.
Her limited, neutral palette allows the texture and pattern of these natural materials to be showcased and celebrated. Mere leaves appear to be angel’s wings or folds of rich satin flowing from the bodies of ancient Greeks. She constructs her work in such a way that these organic forms take on classical compositions. While allowing the grain of the wood surface to show through reminds us that these are earthly manifestations, their beauty inherent in their creation.
Please take the time to check out more of Haley Farthing’s work on her website. Her Out of the Woods show can be seen at Davis & Cline until November 26th. It is a beautiful, inspiring show– I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in Southern Oregon.
Featured image is Nestle, pastel and ink on wood, 60×24. All images are via the artist’s website.