Myartisreal Shines the Spotlight on Petecia Le Fawnhawk
In this new series of blog post, we will be discovering new artist each week. Today we will be shining the spotlight on Petecia Le Fawnhawk. With all the art on Instagram today Le Fawnhawk and her artworks have no problem standing out in the crowd. And we feel she is due some more attention.
Le Fawnhawk is a multimedia artist whose body of work consists of sculptural and video installation, land art, paintings, and drawings. Renowned for her soulful and haunting work dense with such skilled detail one would never assume she is entirely self-taught. An unhindered purist, her raw skill is simultaneously innate as well as continuously blooming. Le Fawnhawk is guided by an unceasing curiosity and thirst to understand ubiquitous truths through the minimalist lens of singular, often solitary objects.
Of Irish, German and Cherokee descent, Le Fawnhawk’s art is deeply informed by her transient childhood, traversing towns and identities necessary for survival. In her youth, she inhabited extremes; preaching the Southern Baptist word of Jesus atop plastic laundry baskets to chalking pool sticks for .25 cents at biker bars and eventually emancipating at the age of sixteen. Le Fawnhawk took refuge from childhood poverty in nature. Wandering barefoot through the dense Texan woods, across the salt-crusted skin of the desert of the Southwest, exploring abandoned mines and polishing scavenged rocks. She lifted relics from nature like her contemporaries might a new trinket from a mall.
In present-day Petecia maintains, “I have an overwhelming urge to pick up a certain stick, stone or bone because of some undefined beauty or unique character and take it home with me. I want to understand what it is that I find beautiful about these natural objects. Why do they hold such a place of honor? If I studied them closely enough, analyzing their structure and anatomy of existence out of context, and draw them big enough, I might understand my spiritual connection and relationship to something beyond them.”
Her ethereal portrayal of objects parsed from context and stripped of inessentials invites one to acknowledge the beauty that remains while offering a meditative, single point of concentration. Her microscopic detail on such macroscopic scale produces a sometimes dizzying effect on the eye, creating a sense of the surreal.
You can find more of her works on her Instagram account @lefawnhawk
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