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Abigail Lucien
Education: Florida State University (BFA)

Growing up as a biracial and bicultural woman, I observed first-hand how things that are different and unusual from each other can come together and live harmoniously, and in the same breath, how they cannot. My interest resides in the grey area between the two – in the limbo where objects, people and things lose their intended function and their purpose is redefined. My relocation to Knoxville, Tennessee has stimulated new reflections on displacement and self-identification. My concerns have led me to analyze contemporary Western colonization of the birthday party, investigating the customs of social gatherings in relation to cultural identification and feelings of belonging. Playing with semantics, microaggressions and the repetitive nature of print media, I am decontextualizing and reinterpreting personal experiences tied to growing up bicultural in both Haiti and America

Abigail Lucien is a hybrid artist currently based in Knoxville, Tennessee. With an American mother and Haitian father, Lucien spent her earliest years in Cap-Haitien, Haiti before settling with her mother and two elder sisters in a small town on the East Coast of Northern Florida. Her work explores hybrid print media techniques, frequently integrating installation, sculpture, 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 25th Annual Student Exhibition at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and a full-time apprenticeship at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA. National solo and group exhibition include the Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, FL, Unix Gallery in New York, NY, PrintHouston at the Contemporary Artists’ Collective in Houston, TX, and Art Basel in Miami, FL. Lucien earned her BFA with Honors in Studio Art from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and is currently working towards her MFA in Printmaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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