We had the good fortune of connecting with Keane Fairchild and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keane, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Well, I have always enjoyed artistic and creative pursuits. I have engaged in drawing, dancing, and playing the harp. When I was a senior in high school I took a photojournalism class and grew passionate for the art of photography and how each moment could be captured- frozen in time. I went on to major in Fine Art Photography from the University of Houston, and I graduated Spring of 2020. I’m excited to say that I am now pursuing a M.Ed. in Art Education. To say my decision to go back to school comes with excitement, goals, and possibilities. My goal in choosing this artistic pathway is to become an Art Teacher, and as an educator share my passion for art with students.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My individual projects in school employed photography and video, focusing on the interconnecting narratives of being an adoptee. The best opportunity I had in this artistic journey was to study abroad in China during the Summer of 2019. The class involved a collaboration with the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts sculpture department. Our schools worked together to create communication themed art pieces, and at the end of the week we showcased our work in an exhibition. My work has also been shown in other venues such as Art China’s Third Space Exhibition at the University of Houston, the Digital Art Gallery at the University of Houston, and my collaborative video has appeared in the Lobby of 1100 Louisiana Building in Houston, Texas.
In life and in any creative pursuit there are challenges. Sometimes we are hard on ourselves, and for myself this has been self-doubt. I’ve done a lot of work on this, and will continue to work on it- there are always hills and valleys in life. The best advice that I can give is this: we will not progress in this life as long as we are looking sideways at the callings of those around us. We begin to see our potential when we realize that our OWN unique callings are the roadmaps that will get us there. So, if you find yourself in the same headspace, keep doing and being you. Keep reminding yourself of your “Why” for starting. There’s a place for you here, and if you love something, never give it up.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many things to do and in Houston haha! To list a few: Houston Murals, The Museum of Fine Arts, Bravery Chef, Axelrad, Rooftop Cinema Club, Parks: Hermann Park, Buffalo Bayou Park, and Discovery Green.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In the process of my artistic and creative pursuits, I have had an amazing support system in my family and friends. They are a blessing and I wouldn’t be here without them. They have and continuously help me in many ways through different transitions. I strive to be genuine, kind, and authentic- these are the qualities that my support system has taught me and continuously challenge me to be.