Faracy Moon Grouse is an artist based in Edinburgh. Originally from Minneapolis, Faracy arrived in Scotland by way of a decade in Spain and England. Her parents ran a Native American artefacts business, and she grew up surrounded by beadwork, buffalo hide, and art produced on Indian reservations. She frequently assisted her parents with both the restoration of antiques and the creation of replicas, and her paintings today show clear influences of Native American art, in particular that of the Pacific Northwest.
Faracy also draws inspiration from a lifelong interest in Russian culture and her Ukrainian heritage, and many of her paintings recall the icons of the Orthodox church. However, her subjects come from a range of cultures. She is as likely to paint a figure from Celtic, Norse or Japanese mythology as she is to paint an Islamic or Christian saint. Even then, these saints tend to come from the peripheries, with her interest drawn by the more unusual and lesser known figures from religious traditions.
Her work is bold, surreal and feminine, weaving together organic forms with illuminated colour. Sometimes her work is dark; at other times, light and playful.
Faracy has produced performance pieces such as the candlelit improvised choral work Spark, and she has also exhibited a series of conceptual sound sculptures played by the sun, earth, water and air.
Various exhibitions, 2015
In this audio-visual piece, Faracy conducts an audience who are invited to perform improvised choral singing. The audience hold candles in a dark environment. Spark debuted at St Wulfran’s, a 1000-year old church on the south coast of England, and was most recently performed at Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Festival.
The Open Garden, 2009
Produced as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe, this exhibition used an outdoor space in Stanmer Park to display a range of artworks, from sonic objects to paintings. The viewer walks through a path in the woods where they see these objects hanging from the trees. This exhibition was part of a residency at the Nourish Community Garden in Stanmer Park.
An Unplugged Moment, 2009
In this analogue sound installation, Faracy created elemental instruments played by the earth, sun, air and water, creating a space away from the networked society. The installation formed part of Faracy’s MA Creative Media dissertation, in which she explored the place of ephemeral analogue artifacts in a digital world.
Outside In, 2009
Faracy’s paintings were featured in the 2009 Outside In exhibition at Pallant House, Chichester.
Grandma and Grandpa’s House
Mujer la Machina: an exegesis for iPod created music
in What Would Brian Eno Do?: Sonic Media in New Times (forthcoming)
Fado in English
in City Imaging: Regeneration, Renewal, Decay (Springer, 2012)
Becoming Mireilla: a virtual ethnography through the eyes of an avatar
in After Avatars, Trolls and Puppets: Community 2.0 and the Quest for Authenticity (Oxford: Chandos, 2011)
A self-published collection of poetry from 2007 which formed part of a performance piece of the same name.
Other poetry and childhood vignettes have been featured in the online arts journal Synchronized Chaos.
Seeing Voices (2010)
This short documentary examines the lives of four women who have experienced sonic discrimination.
Finding the sea: the heteronymical tale of Madelaine Silva
A work in progress.
Faracy writes and performs music with her husband Nick.