Forage Modern Workshop

Current FMW Featured Artist: Kieran Riley Abbott

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March 3 - April 2018
Opening Reception March 3: 3pm - 5p

Kieran Riley Abbott (b. 1992) is from Minneapolis, MN, and received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2014. She has participated in residencies at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Vermont Studio Center, and Women’s Studio Workshop. Recently her work has been exhibited in Minnesota, New York, and throughout New England. Kieran lives and works at Vermont Studio Center as a Staff-Artist.

Kieran's recent body of work centers around a series of sculptural monotypes, which are made by pouring wet hydrocal over a water-soluble crayon drawing. The drawing transfers onto the hydrocal, but not perfectly; the process disrupts the grid structure and reveals anomalies in the pattern. The illusionistic checkerboard floor - used as a shorthand for an artist’s mastery of linear perspective in Renaissance paintings - begins to undulate, and solid shapes start to blur around the edges. The malleability of these geometric patterns speaks not only to the limits of visual perception, but to an uncertainty around the invisible structures that dictate daily life. The mysterious intermediary step between the crayon drawing and final result, when the plaster is poured, yields a result I can never entirely control. This loss of control is an important component of the process.