2014 SwatchRoom Salon Emerging Artist: Fawna Xiao

Between splitting her time at her day job and selling out handmade prints faster than she can print them, Fawna Xiao is the definition of an emerging artist quickly on the rise. Xiao has shown at Tabula Rasa in Eastern Market, Hillyer Art Space and many more solo and group shows where almost all her pieces have gone home with a happy collector. In her salable works, Xiao plays with geometric objects, ombre effect color technique and transparency to create prints that are exceptionally bold and graphic while still feeling light and organic. She explores the natural world, examining forests, glaciers, boulders, etc. with a graceful hand creating shadows and playing with light using a rich, crisp palette. 

ArtSee had the opportunity to sit down with Fawna Xiao, a good friend of ours, and ask her a few questions regarding the upcoming Salon Party and her work process. We particularly loved the advice Xiao had for aspiring artists and believe the SwatchRoom Salon celebrates artists with this great mentality. 

ArtSee: What's the most indispensable item in your studio? 
Fawna Xiao: There’s this adorable tiny squeegee. I cannot imagine life without it. 

AS: And where is is that you currently work?
FX: I print out of Open Studio DC. It’s incredible! Carolyn Hartmann runs it and she is a gem in this city. 

AS: What are some invaluable lessons or words of wisdom you have for new artists?
FX: Treat it like a business- as much as we all wish it wasn’t, it is. And treat it like the gym – just go and do it even when you don’t want to. So much of being a successful artist is showing up and trying. Oh, and say yes to everything. 

AS: What are you most excited for at the Salon Party?
FX: All the beautiful people.

Take a look at Fawna Xiao's work on her site.

The SwatchRoom Salon is a three-day celebration of local and emerging artists, designers, and collaborations and giving back. 

Bringing the Art in DC to You,

Mica Hartman