“For an artist who consistently claims to be without ideas, as is the case with (Maurizio) Cattelan, self-portraiture is a logical mode: one need not look beyond one’s own face to find material.”
Around two years ago, when I (Arash Fayez) sat on a plane to move to the States, I was excited about what would happened to my practice. At that point, I had never enrolled in an Art school, I had never been to the USA and… There were many “for the first time in my life” that made this dislocating less hard and even more pleasant that what it should be. My logical mode of my practice turned to look at myself for a while. This Self creates another person, whom I call it “Arash Faeiz.” He struggles with a new culture; new language and other changes that happened with this move and react to them. The person who is talking about these two personas (Fayez and Faeiz) is a third person, same as the model Alighiero Boetti picked for himself. Arash Fayez and Arash Faeiz want to fill the gap that happened in this interstitial space of different cultures. They are not the opposite of each other; they just live in two separate worlds. This duality creates my practice of now. This is how I am writing this statement at this moment. I move from Fayez (what I use) to Faeiz (what it is in my papers) and vice versa to enter you to a world that does not exist. It is just created to challenge the other one. This duality leads to failure. It is an autistic feeling of being an artist.