Her name sounds just as magical as the artworks she creates. Petecia Le Fawnhawk creates art in all kinds of forms with a wild creativity. Each work exudes a blossoming purity and roughness and bears witness to the artist’s eternal curiosity and talent.
Petecia Le Fawnhawk is a multimedia artist and has worked with other creative people such as Eliot Lee Hazel, Tuneyards, J.S. Nero and Tasya van Ree. To her, art is “a visual philosophy, a symbolic language of the subconscious that is unique to each person. Art shapes the shapeless and illustrates what nothing else can.” She creates different kinds of art including sculptures, video installations, drawings and land art – an art form in which artists make artistic interventions directly into a landscape. Her projects are bursting with talent and experienced details that would almost make you forget that she is completely self-taught. She told us that her greatest inspiration comes from nature, philosophical texts and ancient wisdom, metaphysics, fashion, architecture, art and design. She uses the colours of the desert, of sunrises and sunsets and black or white. She prefers to work with natural and sculptural materials. The works that really stood out for Imagicasa were those from the ‘Modern Desert Magic’ series. And as the name suggests, these works of art radiate pure magic. Petecia told Imagicasa more about this in an exclusive interview. Her works are a perfect reflection of her personality; her words are equally artistic and magical.
"Surreal visual poetry and philosophy"
Le Fawnhawk sounds so magical, is it your actual last name?
“Thank you, it’s my artist moniker. As a sage once put it, it’s the name of my inner child: ‘If you kill this name, you will kill your inner child.’ And well, I couldn’t do that! I’ve had the name since I was 18. It was my band name and then it just became what I was known as. It was also the name of a mythical creature I created to represent the masculine and feminine, the fragile and the fierce, the great dichotomy that lives within me, perhaps in us all.” How did you become an artist and did you always want to be one?
“I don’t remember ‘becoming’ an artist. I’ve just been doing what I’ve always done. Follow my curiosity, explore, engage with nature, act on creative impulse, trust and respond to my intuitive voice. And it’s kind of funny actually, because I’ve only recently become comfortable with calling myself an ‘artist’. I told myself that a title was in relation to what you did professionally, and professionally I was a designer and creative director. Since focusing on my personal art these past few years, I’ve gotten more comfortable with the term and I also had the realization that I always was an artist, and always will be, no matter if I change my professional trade or area of expertise tomorrow.”
How would you describe your works?
“Surreal visual poetry and philosophy. I call it ‘Modern Desert Magic’. It’s an echo of everything that pleases my soul and eye. A visual expression of my inner and outer journey through the world, encrypted in the ever-evolving language of my soul. I am a multi-disciplinary artist. I do not like to be defined or confined by a medium. I become completely immersed in the process and I approach every creative impulse or idea with the most suitable medium to execute it as closely to the way I envisioned it in my mind’s eye. Whether that be through paintings, drawings, photography, collage or sculptures. My dream is to start to manifest my language and renderings into site specific land art sculptures.”
"Her works are a perfect reflection of her personality"
Who is your art example or hero?
“I don’t have just one. I am attracted to the Modern, Surrealism, land art, light and space and zen art movements. Some artists I love are Brancusi, Kay Sage, Matisse, Georgia O’keeffe, Richard Long, Magritte, James Turrell, Mobius, Andy Goldsworthy, Shohji Ueda,... so many actually! I’m always discovering new artists or aspects of artists whom I seem to share a kindred spirit with and whom I can relate to.” Imagicasa absolutely loves the ‘Modern Desert Magic’ series. Can you tell me a bit more about this?
“I was initially inspired with Brancusi’s desire to strip form down to the essential. Removing the unnecessary and allow the essence to sing. It’s about a sculptural language of truth, the building blocks of the natural and the laws that govern the universe, brought in a way that comes natural to me. For colours and materials, I used the natural palette of the desert and powder coated black.
The elements are inspired by forms and their relationship with their environment and the effect of when the two exist as one. I’m also starting a crowd sourced project to erect my, or ‘our’, first Modern Desert Magic site specific land art project, to be erected on an acre that I intend to buy and make public to share with the world.” The desert seems to play a big role in these works, why is that?
“I was raised in the desert. It has always been the backdrop and playground to my imagination. It is home. And yes, whenever I’m away from the desert, my imagination works to engineer creative ways to draw me back to it. And when the call becomes too much to ignore, I answer. Luckily, I live in LA, and my family still lives in Arizona, so it’s not too much to get up and go home, to the desert.”
Which project or work are you most proud of?
“I don’t mean this to sound pretentious, but I don’t think I give enough thought to the results of my manifestations to feel pride. I am constantly moving forward, constantly trying to reach the next level of personal achievement. And that to me, means executing a vision as closely to its original incantation as possible and as seamlessly as possible.”
This interview was originally published in Imagicasa Art 2018. You can still order this issue via our webshop. Our second art special is in stores from 12 December 2019!
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