Fairy Tales of the Anthropocene uses sequential imagery in the form of ink transfer drawings and oil paintings to investigate the complex narratives humans tell about the forest and their role within it. In many of the Grimm's fairy tales, the forest is a setting for morality lessons, magical and frightening encounters with animals, and often unsettling outcomes. In Jewish folktales, the forest can be a site of healing or represent the search for a lost Eden or untouched primeval wilderness. By tapping into the childhood imagination—where fiction and fairy tale filter true events—Abigail addresses the question of what a contemporary fairy tale set in the forest would look like.  


In the context of the Anthropocene, our current geological era where humans have impacted the planet beyond repair, diminishing forest habitats symbolize the endangered biodiversity that rely on them. To tell this story, this series uses a gaggle of girls as its flawed protagonists. The drawings are as constructed and collaged as the story itself, which interweaves autobiography with references to European folktales, paintings by Bruegel, Bosch, and Goya, stories of endangered and extinct species, and social media posts of the recent destruction within U.S. National Parks. The subsequent events tread the ambiguous line between play and violence, evoking the blindness and folly of human misdeeds against the natural world. 

Fairy Tales of the Anthropocene
Fairy Tales of the Anthropocene
Fairy Tales of the Anthropocene
Fairy Tales of the Anthropocene
An Apple From the Garden of Eden
The Trees Have Eyes
No Hunting, Children Nearby
Follow the Leader
The Blind Leading the Blind
Bird Shadows
The Hunt
After the Die Off
The Girl and the Albino Moose
Moose Crossing
The Trail Killed the Bear
A Post-Fire Rendez-Vous
The Last Great Auk
The Tourists and the Joshua Tree
Sitting Ducks
Lilith in the Wilderness
Aftermath of the Forest Fire
Lilith in Wrong Story
Blind Leading Blind