Sticks and stones can build a community but words can tear it apart. My work seeks to deconstruct some of the deepest ingrained social norms which perpetuate long-held power structures. I explore the use of language in oppression. In the "But Words" series bright, typographic, ad-inspired digital print boldly and carelessly pose microagressions while underlying "whispers" are pressed deeply into the pulp of the paper using letterpress; these deeper meanings are the felt but often unseen scars of language. The ease of language of oppression, effortless, bold, careless and cheap vs. deep tissue impact of meaning- trivialized, small and hushed.
Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1947 to American parents, Fairchild returned to the United States by way of England in 1953. In 1965, he graduated from the High School of Music & Art in New York, after travelling throughout France, England, and Italy from 1966-1968, he returned to the US and studied art and design with Diane Arbus and Marvin Israel at Parsons School of Design in New York. In 1975, Fairchild took summer courses at the Rhode Island School of Design and entered its MFA program in 1976. At this time Fairchild began incorporating typology and language in his work, addressing cultural constructions of power, identity, sexuality and oppression. Influenced by 20th-century literature, the works of Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, and Marguerite Duras have served as an impetus for u