Fawcett BIO & Statements

Professor of Art
Hardin-Simmons University
325-670-1249
lfawcett@hsutx.edu

GOD Lesson_Beauty_AndThe_Sublime
panel from Interrupted Self-Portrait, © 2004,
34"x24", oil on canvas (1 of 5 panels)


BIO: Linda Fawcett

Professor of Art at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas (since 1981), teaching painting, drawing, art history and computer graphics/ digital photography classes. Fawcett is also active in the Texas Association of Schools of Art, currently Assistant to the President, and served as President of the organization 2006-2008 and 1996-98.

Fawcett's media encompasses a full range of drawing and painting media and digital photography. Fawcett participated in a two-person show with Abilene painter Linda Murray (Linda Squared) at the Louise Hopkins-Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, December 2009-January 2010 and a three-person show: Three Lindas, in the Center For Contemporary Arts, Abilene. Besides being a part of local and regional invitational group shows each year, Linda has a lifetime record of ten solo exhibitions and sixty-two juried exhibitions, with thirty-two being multi-state, national or international competitions. She has won special awards in seventeen of the juried exhibitions.





ARTIST STATEMENT (GENERAL OEUVRE)

I use text, animal metaphor and/or photo-real image fragments to show epiphany, paradox, duality, connection and conflict that I feel or observe in the external world and my dreams. By means of oil on paper or canvas, pencil, or digital photo-montage, I rely heavily on intuition to guide choice and juxtaposition of images. Text, title or verbal explanations are most often conceived after images are arranged. Sources for content have included dreams, folklore, cinema, psychology, archeology, mysticism, comparative religion, shamanism, autobiography, and the philosophical suggestions of modern science. Over time my artwork has reflected my continuously evolving value system that recognizes and respects the inter-relatedness of life.

I have often sought to contrast or fuse Western ideas of dualism and polarity with Eastern emphasis on dialectic. I am particularly interested in the ancient Greek Heraclitean rule of enantiodromia—that a thing will convert into its opposite, inferring that by natural law metamorphosis is positive and hierarchical arrangements are not fixed. Dialectics found in my work over the years have included: good-evil, fear-serenity, birth-death-rebirth, private-public, personal-societal, harmless-dangerous, lost-found, power-servitude, learning-teaching, beginning-end, masculine-feminine, and oneness-fragmentation.

Examples of reoccurring dialectica in the newer work include memory and history, ecological issues, animal abuse, war and peace, body and spirit, cerebral and emotional, external and internal, freedom and bondage, love and separation, and a reprise of death and rebirth. I value an emotional (non-verbal) connection between artwork and viewer more than a linguistic one.

 

TEACHING STATEMENT

I teach my students to:

  1. Perceive the visible world without preconceived ideas.
  2. Design with emphasis on selectivity of form and space according to intent.
  3. Reach within in order to achieve uniqueness of content.
  4. Experiment with media as a way to express chosen content and as a means to generate content.
  5. Be well read and aware of contemporary trends and issues in art.
  6. Maintain an open attitude about what art can be and that any format can be used to evoke viewer response.
  7. Develop self-confidence and an attitude of constructive competitiveness in order to become increasingly independent.

 

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