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Why I came to making the art I do comes from a life long search for the healing and connection of family and the individual growth and well being. I work intuitively, seeking to allow free association be my guide. I am concerned with how things work and how they relate to the human mind. Where I live and have lived give important testimony to my identity, formulating a culture and a past. Upon this past is the step that determines the future. The past never leaves and after making many marks, the marks I make are the products of experience. Memory is a system, a custom made circuit board. How a person lives are choices made but predetermined by place culture and ancestry. One can visit and live for a time in another culture, absorbing the physical surroundings and how the environment places restrictions or freedom upon the individual to live a healthy life. My art allows me to access and process information and filter it through a visual vocabulary involving abstraction and allowing the viewer the means for self discovery.
Joan Fabian completed her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA at UTSA. She received a Fulbright Scholar Award to Pakistan where she worked and taught painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore. A world traveler, she has exhibited her works at Parsons School of Design in Paris, American Centre in Islamabad as well as completing two artist residencies in the Netherlands: Delft and Rotterdam. She has also exhibited at Blue Star Artspace, McNay Art Museum and Austin’s Women and Their Work Gallery. Her work was featured at the Smithsonian International in Washington D.C. and at the Museum of Delaware. She received a Pollock/Krasner Artist Award, Puffin Foundation Grant in addition to being selected as the Allen Haven Artist of the Year. Her works are in the US Embassies of Astana, South Central Asia and Lome, Togo, Africa. Her large San Antonio public art commission entitled The Vibrant Village was installed in the lobbies of the new San Antonio City Tower in March 2022. Her work was chosen as the design for the Department of Arts and Culture’s Official Fiesta Medal 2022. She is a resident artist in exchange ArtProfession Residency Russia/USA 2022 and received a City of San Antonio Arts and Culture Artist Grant 2022.