It doesn’t take long to feel a sense of calm and awe wash over you when experiencing the artist Petecia Le Fawnhawk’s work, like entering a portal into what she describes as an “otherworldly desert dreamscape.” Throughout her work — which spans images and immersive videos to clothing and furniture — bold geometric shapes and icons juxtapose serene yet surreal views. Light contrasts dark, expansiveness meets inwardness. A sense of wonder and balance you could argue Le Fawnhawk has been seeking her whole life.
Born and raised throughout the American Southwest, the desert has always served as her backdrop and throughline, grounding her throughout a transient childhood and offering her a blank canvas on which she could play and create. After leaving at 18 for Los Angeles where she made a name for herself as a creative director and artist, Le Fawnhawk eventually returned to the Arizona desert in 2012 with her husband and fellow artist Mark Maggiori. They now live and create together in Taos, New Mexico and Arizona.
In our conversation, Le Fawnhawk opens up about her path to creating a life of love and artistic freedom, the roots of her soulful minimalist aesthetic, and how she views art as an embodiment of her life and healing journey.
Read the interview with Petecia in issue 6 of Heal Magazine, now available in our app: