Ohio based artist Christian Faur uses crayons to create his art – but not in the traditional way. Christian stacks thousands of crayons so the tips act as tesserae to create pixelated mosaic imagery.
My earliest memories of making art involve the use of wax crayons. I can still remember the pleasure of opening a new box of crayons: the distinct smell of the wax, the beautifully colored tips, everything still perfect and unused. Using the first crayon from a new box always gave me a slight pain. Through a novel technique that I have developed, I again find myself working with the familiar form of the crayon.
The individual wax “tiles” are stacked inside wooden frames in exact locations to produce one-of-a-kind sculptural mosaics that are both painterly and photographic in nature.
Because of the three-dimensional nature of the medium, the individual surface images appear to change form depending on the viewing angle.
The images completely disappear when viewed from close up, allowing one to read the horizontally sequenced crayon text and to take in the beautifully colored crayon tips — all the while being reminded of that first box of crayons.
A mosaciacist to his core, Christian doesn’t just create crayon mosaics – he also creates imagery using pieces of shredded paper.