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Natalia Fabia Interview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:51
Cute cute cute is what Southern California based Natlia Fabia's latest show (opened July 10th @Corey Helford) is all about. If you leave the show with a warm fuzzy feeling in your belly than Natlia is happy with the outcome of her years worth of intense work on "Fashionable Aftertaste Without End". The recent Art Center graduate is inspired by all things Kawaii (ie, Japanesse word for over cute) and completely obsessed with yoga... This is when she isn't painting which, obvious after viewing her work, she must spend countless hours doing to gain this level of skill.

Fecal Face: Tell us a little bit about your current show at Corey Helford.

My new show is inspired by all things Kawaii and my love for Japan. Kawaii is a Japanese term that means supreme saturated cuteness, delicious adorable things. When I see something that is Kawaii, I get a warm feeling in my tummy and I want it and must have it!

The show is very influenced by my trips to Japan. I love all the amazing fashions I saw there on the street. I love the toys, advertisements, food, charms, gardens and I love the people! The first time I heard the term “Kawaii” was when a girl on the street in Tokyo pointed at one of my heart candy tattoos on my arm and said, “kawaii, kawaii!!” I right away asked my friend who is studying in Japan what that meant, and I loved the idea of it. I have been working on this show for over a year now and I have never felt so strongly about paintings or a subject.

How does living in LA affect your work?... Do you live in LA?

I just recently moved to Costa Mesa, but I used to live in LA. LA affected my work because I was near so many resources, cool places and friends. It was easy to be inspired and to find a great locations and models for photo shoots. But it can be dangerous and distracting living in LA too!

What is it about hookers that fascinate you?

Everything! My hookers are all my best friends, really cool, strong, talented, independent chicks. I am lucky to know so many of them and lucky to have them model for me. I love their style, how they sparkle and their individual personalities.

Have you ever thought about using male figures in your paintings?

I have used male figures in the past, I love painting dudes. I did somewhat recently in my "Rock and Roll Luau" painting. I always want to and plan to but somehow females take over my paintings and my shows! It’s not done consciously, it just always happens. I'm very attracted to the female form...I will make a better effort to paint men in the future.

You recently graduated from Art Center. In a sentence, how was your experience?

My experience was wonderful. I met teachers and people that will be great friends for my entire life, and I learned to paint with some of the best.

What would you want a viewer to walk away with from your show?

I would like the viewer to leave my show with a warm fuzzy feeling in their tummy. It doesn’t really matter what, but as long as they feel something from it, I am happy. It is also nice when people notice the details in the paintings, especially when they are hidden or small. Makes the hard work and time I put into the piece all worth it!

Looks and sounds like you spend a lot of time painting... when you're not painting though, what do you get into?

I do yoga, I am completely obsessed with it. It is my life and if I even miss one day of it, I start to freak out. I have been practicing for a bout 7 years now, and it has helped my painting and every single aspect of my life.. gives you energy, balance and helps me not to stress out!

Best thing going on right now? Ever almost die?

Hmmm.. I don’t think I have ever almost died... I did however jump out of a plane once, but we landed safely.. I have also had so really bad scary dental surgery... that could have probably gone bad!

Are you doing much illustration work these days?

No, not really. I never really did much illustration other than things here and there, mainly for friends.

What ar you looking forward to after the opening? Taking any time off?

I am not really taking time off, but I’ll definitely have more time to do stuff compared to before. The last few weeks right before my show I was painting 20 or more hours a day...that was tough. Before I can start on more paintings, I need to experience some things, travel, hang out with friends, go to museums and places in order to clear my brain and get new inspiration.

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below are some photos from the opening and from her studio. Opening photos courtesy: Sam Graham

Natalia Fabia and Korin Faught

Natalia Fabia and Jan Corey Helford

Kim Chueh, Natalia Fabia and Luke Chueh

Natalia Fabia

Natalia Fabia

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