We had the good fortune of connecting with Fabia Panjarian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fabia, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
I’m currently reading Being and Time by Heidegger, mainly because I think about the relationship those have with how I process the present moment. Heidegger poses the conditions by which being is a dynamic dance between an active body and its environment. This book feels contemporary since the bizarre perception of time lately has allowed for the sensations of being to be felt more intensely. I’m fascinated by this philosophical quandary where we don’t passively take in stimuli; but actively create space for new renditions of being. On a lighter note, I am also enjoying Eve Babitz’s Eve’s Hollywood. It is such a sexy rendition of an already sexy setting – Los Angeles! Since my experience of this captivating city started at the age of 21, it’s endlessly fascinating to me to get incisive vignettes of a party girl, a bookworm, and an artist glamorously hanging out at the Chateau Marmont. “I don’t want meaning, I want color” is one of my favorite lines. Eve’s airy and keenly observant style resonates with how I work, stitching together every-day feelings with impressions from the perceived world.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
> I’m an artist; I make paintings in my 10′ x 12′ home studio in Highland Park. I’m grateful to be living in light-filled LA and doing what I love. I collect visual impressions from my experiences of the rich landscape of Los Angeles as I meander back home from my multiple day jobs. I realize that I am a better teacher when I am consistently experimenting with painting processes in my studio, also reading and actively listening to music. Allowing the fluidity of one field to flow into the other makes the experience multi-layered.
I am currently experimenting with painting layers of colors and patterns I observe in our yard at different times, framed with digital glitch-like structures. I look for a sensory activation that can be attained through dynamic movement. Some movements are slow and expansive, others are syncopated and close up. It’s exciting when a painting looks like a visual rendition of drone-y synth inflections from a Julia Holter tune, paired with hypnotic movements in Iris Van Herpen dresses. I feel attracted to working with multiple interwoven layers that don’t necessarily fill logical gaps but resonate with a desire for complexity.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
While we are currently staying at home, we very much miss enjoying our routine visits to the many sensory gems around LA.
– Hiking at Ernest E. Debs Park, or walking up the quirky swaths of Elephant Hill,or visit the garden at the Self-Realization Fellowship in Mount Washington. -Sunday eve Yoga in Concert @kinship. – @amarakitchen on Ave 64 for many yummy locally sourced bites. – read about ancient systems of knowledge at the esoteric library at the Philosophical Research Society @prs (notice the original Glastonbury Abbey tiles).
– @etahlp happy hour for west coast Oysters and an old fashioned AND later immersing in live music.
– @thelodge room for live shows.. we’ve enjoyed seeing Julia Holter and Julian Lage perform.
– Swimming at Point Dume Malibu or Manhattan Beach for bodysurfing.
– For dinner, I highly recommend my friend chef Daniel Benheim who hosts intimate dinner experiences @becausethewind – “Blurring the boundary between food, music and art.”
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Aside from the tremendous love and support I feel from my partner Leon @elephanthillstudio, my family and friends, I’d also like to give a shoutout to incredible mentors like @litaalbuquerque,@hollyboruck, @samanthafieldsstudio, and Carl Smith from @river_gallery.