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 art at Billings Middle School. She previously taught drawing, painting, and printmaking at Gage Academy of Art, at the University of Washington as a Visiting Lecturer, and at Artworks Fine Art Studio in San Francisco.
Abigail has exhibited in the MFA Thesis Exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery, as well as at the Gage 2020 Visions Exhibition and Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference at the Washington State Convention Center. In San Francisco, selected group exhibitions include SF Open Studios, SMASH Gallery, STUDIO Gallery, and Avenue 12 Gallery. In 2018, Abigail was invited to participate in Tropical Lab 12, an artist residency in Singapore hosted by LaSalle College of the Arts. Through this residency, Abigail created work for two weeks with a group of international artists, culminating in an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore.