Faun’s work over the last several years has focused on exploring figurative narrative while utilizing mixed media in order to create texture in painting and drawing. Color and form translate content, thereby revealing the multiple facets of female identity in the context of the sacred and the secular.
While some work is a commentary on the experience of memory, social relationships, sexuality, and fantasy, other work focuses on the nature of the deity, culture, and mythology.
Experimenting with the application of paint, ink, charcoal, crayons, poster markers, fabric, antique papers, fiberglass, acrylic, oil, and collage, Faun engages in a visceral and tactile relationship by using medium to communicate her deepest feelings. One could say Faun speaks through her work by auto-biographically sharing her “story”. Faun’s goal is that through sharing, her audience will recognize the common thread that unites us all.
As a former Fashion Designer, Faun received an Associate in Applied Arts from The Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC, NY.) and a Bachelor in Fine Arts from The Otis Art Institute of the Parsons School of Design (LA., CA.) After fifteen years working in the fashion industry Faun transitioned into a career in the arts, Faun has attended classes in Chicago at Lillstreet, The Palette, and Chisel, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Faun received a Certificate of Fine Arts from The Art House. While attending The Art House she participated in seven gallery shows with peers. Faun also had her first solo show at Elston Arts (Chicago). Faun received a Certificate of Visual Arts from The Hyde Park Art Center in partnership with The Graham School at the University of Chicago in 2016. She participated in two gallery shows at The Hyde Park Art Center Faun’s work has been chosen to participate in many juried shows throughout the United States.
Most recently Faun received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019. She participated in a group show at the Sullivan Gallery. In December of 2019 Faun participated in the Aqua Art Miami.
What inspired you to pursue art?
Faun: What inspired me to pursue art is my natural ability to create on paper and with other mediums. I am a solitary person and Art is a solitary pursuit. I see pictures in my mind’s eye and I am driven to capture my imagination.
Tell us about your artwork, style, subject matter etc.
Faun: I am a mixed media artist that uses magazines and books, decorative paper, fabric, newspaper, and books in order to capture what I see in my head into a two-dimensional texturized and highly colorful image. I typically use the female form as I find it beautiful in nature and self-explanatory. There is nothing more simple than the lines formed by the human body. I layer paper and fabric onto a surface and then paint over that surface. Then I will go back and layer more paper and continue to pull out the image with more paint. I rely on intense color and texture to pull the piece together.
Could you walk us through your process? How much planning do you do before you jump into creating an artwork? If you do, what are you trying to solve at each stage of it?
Faun: While planning a piece I will lay out the background papers first. Then I adhere them to the canvas or board. I often play with different combinations of paper and text. I am looking for a combination that will play with the eye of the viewer. My goal is to bring the viewer into the painting closer to examine the layers created by the background and the foreground. Each piece is constantly changing. Even after the piece is finally formed the viewer will often discover something at a Second glance that they did not see the first time. My paintings are about Discovery.
You say you work with the female nude because of your background in fashion design and your acquired knowledge of the female body. Is there a message you are trying to send with each piece, or is it something else?
Faun: I work with nudes because of the simplicity of the lines found in the human body. My message is based on what the viewer finds in the painting. I do certainly have an idea of what the theme is of each painting, but in large I prefer the viewer to discover their own meaning for the piece. And that way each person assigns a meaning that is all their own.
What is the work you’ve done that you’re the most excited about?
Faun: The work I am most excited about is my series on Pulp art and the demeaning of women who are sexually idealized. The comment I am making is that men often look at women as sexual objects. The women are literally covered in images that are sexually deviant. A woman stripped of her dignity is a woman demeaned. It is a large series worked with background images from antique magazines and books. The women painted over these images are objectified. The pieces are R-rated and highly sexualized.
What outside of Art inspires your work?
Faun: Outside of my art life I am most attracted to colors and textures, especially those found in nature. I often find strange combinations of colors and textures in nature. Seeing these strange combinations excites me and drives me to create.
What are some of the tools you use to create your distinct style of artwork?
Faun: Some of the tools that I love to use are paper and fabric and found objects. I will consider using just about anything that I can put down on canvas in my work. I love to throw in the odd pieces of text for the audience to contemplate. I rely heavily on antique magazines and books, textured paper, text, and fabric.
Who are a few artists/people that really inspire you right now, and why?
Faun: I love Jesse Treece For her use of comic strips, architectural drawings and pieces of other artists work from the 1960s and 70s and science fiction books in his work. Another classic artist that I like is Monet.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Faun: Some of the more memorable comments that I have heard about my work are that it is complicated and that the viewer has to look at the piece many times up close and far away in order to completely understand the piece. I love to hear about the amazing color and texture that people find in my work.