Fawn Atencio

I explore how places tell stories, create memories, and transfer meaning.
My work reflects an interest in geography and in our relationships to the places which we inhabit. Constructed landscapes are made with real, imagined, or dreamed locales in mind. I enjoy making images and objects that create a sense of abstract place, allowing for realism and abstraction to intersect.

My images act as personal landmarks to my own journeys, or path traveled. They invoke memories of particular experience, mood, and quality of light, in a certain place at a specific time. The work that I make comments on, and hopefully compliments the natural world, as an impression of place at the time of its discovery.
I am a contemporary artist and papermaker. My paintings are based on a sense of place, and how we connect to land as a form of identity. My work has been exhibited at the University of Guam. Mangilao Guam, SUNY Oneonta Fine Art Center, the Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair, the Denver Art Museum, Redline Contemporary, and various Colorado and stateside galleries and museums. It's held in numerous private and public collections, including The Turner Print Museum, Siena Art Institute, BMA. Braunschweigsche Maschinenbauanstalt AG., Germany, and the California College of the Arts Hamaguchi Print Collection. My work has also appeared in Apogeo Spatial, Frequencies: A Genealogy of Spirituality, the Social Science Research Council, NY, Here There: The Poetics of Place, Understanding Our Mountains, Concord Monitor, Forecasting: Climate Change and Water Impact, Museum of the White Mountains, and Americas Paperworks. In 2021 I completed my first public art commission for the town of Superior; a great honor.