Piece description from the artist
I painted this piece in remembrance of my mother who was born in a small village in Slovakia. She came to America on the sister ship of the Titanic which was called the Olympic. In my mother's village they painted the interior walls with fancy symbols to ward off evil spirits and attract good ones. I will always remember her wonderful stories of life in her mountainous village.
Joan Fabian is an artist who was born in Chicago and currently lives and works in San Antonio. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for her BFA and received her MFA at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Fabian has worked for over 30 years as a professional contemporary artist.
On a "Fulbright Scholar Grant":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulbright_Program to Pakistan, she taught painting and graduate studies at the National College of Art. During this time she investigated the contrast between abstract contemporary art and "Mughal miniature":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mughal_painting painting styles and textile designs. Upon returning to the United States she formed a collective of Pakistani artists to promote discussion about contemporary art issues. This international collaboration was one of several that collectively earned her a "Puffin Foundation Award":http://www.puffinfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23&Itemid=37 in 2002.
Fabian’s long list of accomplishments stretches on from there. She received a "Pollock Krasner Grant":http://www.pkf.org/grant.html in 2005 and created an animated music video with San Antonio Jazz musician Bett Butler that sold to the "McNay Art Museum":http://www.mcnayart.org/ in 2008. In 2010, her work, featured in, Revealing Culture, an exhibition curated by "Leanne Mell":http://www.cifo.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=142&tmpl=biographies&TB_iframe=true&height=400&width=650 and "Brandon Brame Fortune":http://www.si.edu/ofg/Staffhp/fortuneb.htm at the Smithsonian International in Washington D.C.
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