All photo by Abigail Doan | January to February 2017.
Posted on: Monday, January 09, 2017
Select quotes by Isamu Noguchi:
It is weight that gives meaning to weightlessness.
The attractions of ceramics lie partly in its contradictions. It is both difficult and easy, with an element beyond our control. It is both extremely fragile and durable. Like 'Sumi' ink painting, it does not lend itself to erasures and indecision.
When the time came for me to work with larger spaces, I conceived them as gardens, not as sites with objects but as relationships to a whole.
Posted on: Thursday, December 29, 2016
As 2016 comes to a close, I would like to take the time to thank and also highlight those artists + designers who generously shared their work and creative studio time with me during the past year.
In an era where 'sharing' is often fueled by the instant gratification of social media tools, it has been fortifying and truly energizing for me to make direct contact with individuals whose work I admire and whose projects I feel are vital to the art + environment + materials dialogue.
Even though there are many others who have helped to shape my artistic thinking during 2016, I offer this sampling in gratitude for the hard work and devotion to unique fabrication methods sustained by these unique creatives.
All photos featured are by Abigail Doan.
Posted on: Friday, December 02, 2016
“Founded on the ideas of collaboration among artists, Norte Maar is always excited to learn about independent projects that take form when two or more artists create, respond and explore the world together. One such project, initiated during the Autumn of 2015, features artists Abigail Doan (@lostinfiber) and Brece Honeycutt (@onacolonialfarm) who began a parallel process of collecting, diagramming, and altering select materials in an urban to rural dialogue intended to examine modern and historic connections in their daily lives. The results of this dialogue have evolved into #CorrespondenceCourse: a collaborative, materials exchange project between artists Abigail Doan and Brece Honeycutt.”
Thank you, Norte Maar, for this kind feature on #CorrespondenceCourse, an urban to rural dialogue with artist friend, Brece Honeycutt.
To learn more about Norte Maar and their current #MakeMoreArt initiative, visit their website and fundraising campaign. More news on #CorrespondenceCourse in early 2017.
Posted on: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Installation view of Friends of Fire: Ceramic Art by Delores Coan
and Hotchkiss Alumni at The Tremaine Gallery | photo by Abigail Doan, Hotchkiss 1984
I am pleased to share news of this current group exhibition that I am participating in with ceramic artist, Delores Coan, and invited Hotchkiss School alumni. 'Friends of Fire' is a tribute to my former art teacher and creative mentor, Delores – who is completing her final year of teaching at Hotchkiss after thirty five years of sharing her talents and wisdom.
Vessels by Delores Coan | created during her travels in China | photo by Abigail Doan
"Coan chose to show her work along with the work of former students to highlight the central role teaching has played in her career and the lasting relationships she has forged because of it." – Tremaine Gallery
"Teaching ceramic art has been a humbling and exhilarating part of my life," she says. "I've made lifelong links with many students through sharing the creative process. The joy I've derived from passing on this ageless art has been one of my life's greatest gifts." Coan adds, "We can all make a big difference by continuing to support art programs so that students may learn and explore varied disciplines to fulfill their artistic destiny." – D.C.
Posted on: Wednesday, November 02, 2016
I am currently in the process of archiving and editing close to a year's worth of Walking Libraries documentation (or rather three-quarter of a year's solo walks) in California, New York State's Hudson Valley, NYC, and both rural and urban Bulgaria. One of the most striking discoveries for me is the language created by site-specific features or marks in regional landscapes. A sidewalk crack with a dessicated leaf in Sofia creates a call and response with a coastal sand fissure near Pescadero, California.
A vocabulary of sorts seems to be emerging via personal notations and geographical features documented while on the trail. With a goal of slowing down but also looking more deeply into the fissures of daily life and the fragility (read: resiliency) of our environs, a more current understanding of self in relation to the environment seems imaginable.
I still hope to complete certain itineraries out west this winter, closing the loop on a full year of examination and movement-based activity. From there a new chapter might present itself, or the 'library' might be made accessible as an open archive or mapping tool for others.
Follow #walkinglibraries2016 on Instagram, for more images in the weeks/months to come.