Abigail Engstrand: Exhibiting Signs of Life
Virtual Opening Reception Sat. Nov 7, 4-5pm
- Exhibition dates: Oct 30 – Nov 21, 2020
- Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm
The Zoom link for the virtual reception will be added to the Facebook event page on the day of the event.
I need to stop trying to transplant my giant old hydrangea, as it’s too deep, wide, and heavy
I am a painter
I observe and build relationships. My fiber pictures, I call them “felts”, are often translated from another, more 2 dimensional medium, like a watercolor painting or charcoal drawing, into a multi-dimensional picture, by using fibers that have had another life before being selected for my visual adventure.
This new medium is old; it has either been an integral part of a living, breathing being, like sheep, alpaca, silk worm or dog, or a growing plant like bamboo, milkweed or corn fiber. Sometimes my chosen bits of color or texture have already served even more cycles of purpose, as an article of clothing or a blanket for human life. I feel good about honoring Mother Earth, and all her inhabitants, by reusing resources. I also relish including sentimental fibers and fabric scraps, relevant to the subject, drawing more personal connection into the piece…
Like watercolor puddles, and children, fibers have a life of their own that they lend to a planned picture; a spontaneity which toys with levels of artistic, or parental, control. There’s a constant dance working with them; deciding where boundaries are needed and when and where to let go, look, listen and appreciate the altered perception and new definition they’ve created! No matter which medium I use, in all my pictures there is language-sometimes literally, in words, but always imbued with attempts at communication; a story told in color, shape, and scentual* bridges.
*I love to add various natural essential oils to my hands and rubbed into the fibers as I work for an added dimension.
For more information, visit the ARC Gallery website.