Fayen d’Evie is an artist and writer, based in Muckleford, Australia. Her projects are often conversational and collaborative, and resist spectatorship by activating diverse audiences in embodied readings of artworks. Fayen advocates the radical potential for blindness, arguing that blindness agitates ocularcentric norms, and offers critical positions and methods attuned to sensory translations, ephemerality, the tangible and intangible, concealment, uncertainty, and the invisible. With artist Katie West, Fayen co-founded the Museum Incognita, which revisits neglected, concealed, or obscured histories, activates embodied readings, and archives ephemeral artworks and practices. Fayen is also the founder of 3-ply, which investigates artist-led publishing as an experimental site for the creation, dispersal, translation, and archiving of texts.
Since 2017, Fayen has been collaborating with the Artist Initiative of SFMOMA, San Francisco, to explore sensory encounters with artworks from the SFMOMA collection and temporary exhibitions. Fayen was a Creative Victoria Creator 2018. She was awarded the Melbourne Sculpture Prize Rural and Regional Development Award 2017, and an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award 2017. She was a finalist in the John Fries Award 2017, a resident artist at Gertrude Contemporary 2014-2016, and a finalist in Macquarie Emerging Artist Award in 2014. Fayen is a candidate for a PhD in Curatorial Practice at Monash University. She holds a BFA in Painting from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, a PhD in Environmental Studies from the Australian National University, and a BSc (Hons) in Physics from the University of Canterbury. Born in Malaysia, and raised in Aotearoa/New Zealand, she now lives in the bushlands of Dja Dja Wurrung country, Australia.
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