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Meet Aria Fawn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aria Fawn.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
To my knowledge, I began creating as soon as I could hold a crayon. I did not, however, really put much gravity on the pastime until I reached age nine when I drew my first “serious” picture from reference. It was a grey stallion and I recall the process feeling rather weighted and important. Like discovering a forbidden treasure, both scary and appealing. I still remember that dangerous magick really clearly for some reason! I struggled quite a lot with the fundamentals of art, anatomy, lighting, perspective, etc. But I think that was partly what kept it so enthralling because I so wanted to be able to show the worlds I was experiencing internally through my art.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There are so many artistic battles, fought universally by most, if not all creatives. Art blocks, self-doubt, and frustration at one’s own skill level, or seeming lack thereof. If it exists, I have probably experienced it. It also seems that many of these struggles go through different phases and make their ugly return throughout a person’s life. Even some of the masters I look up to have expressed feelings of inferiority among their peers, and no amount of prestige, awards and praise can truly eliminate this. The mending has to be internal and largely self-made. I really feel strongly that all this strife is also part of the journey, should we choose to look at it that way. For me, these less pleasant facets of artistic life have ultimately led to a lot of self-discovery, helped me overcome difficult events in my life and given me far more discipline than I would have given myself otherwise (I was quite lazy growing up). I just wish all creative people could realize how absolutely not alone they are in their feelings and know that some of their heroes might also be dealing with the same struggles. Setbacks are going to happen, failures are so normal that at this point, I almost try to open myself to them because I know that if I am at risk of failure, it is probably because I am trying something beyond my comfort level and that, in itself, is already a success, right?

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
The majority of my work consists of watercolour paintings and graphite pencil drawings though I also have many other little creative pastimes I enjoy such as bookbinding, textile work, processing bones from naturally deceased creatures and I have recently begun sculpting again and will likely be dipping into bronze later this year.

My aim with my work, and why I choose to share it with others, is largely because I want to create a kind of “dark sanctuary” for my audience. The subject matter in my art is often called melancholy, creepy, and yes, dark. These are the themes I most enjoy working with. Darkness is truly just a layering of shadow that makes it more difficult to discern the familiar. Much like people, who are made up of many, not always easy or happy, layers of experience. By using animals to tell stories of the human experience, I seek to eliminate the need to portray details mankind has put so much weight on such as race and clearly defined gender roles. I am also extremely passionate about nature and conservation and always hope that my work can give some voice to the creatures who are otherwise considered to be voiceless, by allowing humanity to see themselves in another form.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
As mentioned previously, the greatest pleasure I derive from creating is the challenge itself. The chase for mastery is, in my opinion, impossible to win but it is not something I would ever want to actually achieve either because it would be so depressing to master everything and have nowhere else to go. For me, success exists in true, internal peace. Peace, I feel, is different from feelings of being content. We can be content in many unhealthy situations. We can even become content with our own misery and be afraid to leave it. But peace is something that I feel runs much deeper and truer in colour than contentment. Maybe it is the knowledge that despite the difficulty, there will always be a way to overcome. The reveling in challenges, even when they end in failure. The never-ending push towards mastery that will never fully come and the joy found in that feeling. That depth of internal peace would be my own personal mark of success if achieved.

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