Faith Revell (2017 Artist-in-Residence)

New York native and artist Faith Revell lives remotely in Valdez, Alaska, a place of extremes that straddles the Chugach Mountains and the sea. Inspired by natural phenomena, human geography and movement, Revell’s abstract paintings and modern photographs exude a visceral, kinesthetic perspective on life unfolding. Revell received an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and BA from Binghamton University.

She has exhibited widely on the East Coast and Midwest with her work found in private collections throughout the U.S. Revell directs the education program at the Valdez Museum and intermittently teaches fine arts at Prince William Sound College as UAA adjunct faculty. Curiosity and a love of learning are her inspiration.

Artist Statement:
"Communion," black gesso and rainfall on paper, 2017, Faith Revell

Communion is one of a series of works on paper that weds my experience in Denali National Park with naturally occurring phenomena—rain.

I hiked the tundra, walked the Toklat River bed, listened to bird song and observed light change and weather arrive. Rain fell on works in progress left out atop the picnic table behind the cabin. Water transformed the paint prompting line and mark to delicately bloom.

Denali does that to you. Awakens a quiet spirit. Pushes your boundaries. Calls you out to play, explore and experiment. It beckoned me to tap into an essential and intimate energy and new form of expression.

artwork composed of black lines and dots
Faith Revell's work "Communion."

NPS Photo / Mary Lewandowski of original painting by Faith Revell

Last updated: July 13, 2018

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