Abigail Drapkin grew up exploring the forests of Midcoast Maine, but for the past ten years, she has lived in cities--Boston, San Francisco, and now Seattle. Her paintings are rooted in observation and adapt to her location. Since the stay-at-home order due to the Covid-19 pandemic was implemented, she seeks inspiration in the windows, spaces, and everyday objects that surround her. Using her own body as a model, her recent paintings express sentiments of isolation and confinement through interior scenes depicting life on pause. Previous works, including her series, Fairy Tales of the Anthropocene, have explored fictional narratives based in the real stories of human indifference and outright destruction of the natural world.
Abigail received her MFA in Painting + Drawing from the University of Washington in 2019 and her BA in Studio Art and French from Brandeis University in 2012. Abigail lives in Seattle where she teaches painting and printmaking independently and through Gage Academy of Art and the University of Washington. Previously, she taught fine art classes at the Northwest School Summer Camp, Artworks Fine Art Studio in San Francisco, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
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