JOAN FENICLE - TIME TRAVELS: “The Journey to a New Reality”
Featured Artist Exhibition — July 28 – September 27, 2020
Artist Reception- Saturday September 12th 1-4pm
Joan has been wandering through the caminos and callejones of New Mexico and Colorado for over 50 years, capturing villages and vistas in paintings and photographs. This wanderlust and her interest in art came from her father who was creative and encouraged her to draw and paint at a very young age. The need to explore and document her experiences has fed her artistic curiosity ever since.
Since the beginning of her artistic journey, Fenicle has captured images that caught her eye and begged her to share their stories. Her vision for this show was to revisit some of her favorite places in New Mexico and create new images in a variety of media. Then a pandemic happened, and she had to create a new reality.
“I revisited my archives, letting my imagination do the traveling, reinventing the stories. Belgian Linen glued onto birch panel became my new substrate, oil paint and brushes came out of hiding and I became absorbed for weeks at a time - delving into film, slides and digital images – combining bits and pieces into new story lines. I learned that I am more than a painter or a photographer, I am a storyteller. The resulting ten paintings are familiar and comforting, stories that I have always chased – a deserted old truck, a menacing cloud formation, a ceremonial cave in the desert, a hawk searching for a meal. Join me. Shift your state of consciousness, feel the hot sun beating down, inhale the smell of rain on parched earth, hear the hawk’s call echo in the canyon, take a journey with me through time and space.”
In 2016, Fenicle was honored with the Albuquerque Art Business Association President’s Award, part of the Local Treasures program which recognizes artists that are devoted to both giving back to the community and encouraging others to continue the legacy of New Mexico’s diverse culture.