Artist Statement for Shannon Fannin:
Who are we when nobody is looking? Most of us go about our lives often concealing our inner selves from the world. One indication of our true personality, is the car we drive or even dream of someday owning. Similar to the abstracted images visible in chrome or carbon fiber, outside influences manipulate and form our character.
My works reveal the distorted reflections within us all.
Cars are more than appliances to get us from Point A to B – they are mobile sculptures that reflect the journeys of their travelers in both reality and dream. Just as we focus on the curvaceous figure of a beautiful model, we admire cars for their initial appearance – drawn in by beauty but captivated by depth of character. My art reveals the hidden stories and nuances of each automotive personality to the viewer, connecting them with the unknown world of the car and their memories.
To truly connect with the physical realm of each vehicle so that I may better understand their stories, I manipulate the canvas with brush, fingers and hands. Every line, smudge and dull shadow is a hint of the story unfolding. From a distance, the viewer believes one perception in the painted reflections. Upon approach, more of the story is revealed. The viewer’s past experiences with cars/motorcycles and their vivid imagination have turned smears into trees, segmented shapes into human forms, and blended brushstrokes into landscape. The observer has become part of my creative process and helped finish the story. Together, we have created a painting that is visually impactful, but one based on the experiences of our lives.
I live for the moment that the optical illusion is realized by the viewer, with a smile or a laugh – success!
My paintings marry nostalgia for cars with the love of art. They are a harmonious blend of realism with a hint of self expression. My art is a collision of the human components of imagination and realism garnering a visual and emotional response from both car and art lovers alike.