Knoxville, TN | Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Drawing, Time-based, Performance, Installation
Abigail Lucien spent her youth in Cap-Haitien, Haiti before settling with her mother and two elder sisters to Palm Coast, Florida. Her work explores hybrid print media techniques, frequently integrating installation, sculpture, video, music, and performance within her process. She is a recipient of both the 2013 and the 2014 Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, a feature at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, a full-time apprenticeship at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA, and served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland. Lucien earned her BFA with Honors from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and is currently working towards her MFA in Printmaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
As a bicultural Haitian-American woman, my thoughts cultivate within a third-culture terrain — a lush limbo situated in the crossing of two dissimilar cultures. This elusive location teems with warm disappointments as the familiar forms I construct engage with perceptions of tactile and allegorical artificiality. Stimulated by reflections on cultural identification, commercialism, and colonial enthusiasm, my research plays with unsettling archetypical representations of tropical identity and confronting the unquenchable longing for the exotic.