Video installation by Abigail Lucien
June 3-July 23
For her video installation Troupeau Bleu, Lucien combines found footage and staged installation inspired by Giles Deleuze’s essay ‘Desert Islands’ to narrate idealistic dreamscapes of islands. The dreamscape installations center upon places of community, luxury, and ideals found in the tropics.
As a bicultural Haitian-American woman, Lucien’s 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 she constructs engage with perceptions of tactile and allegorical artificiality. Stimulated by reflections on cultural identification, commercialism, and colonial enthusiasm, her research plays with unsettling archetypical representations of tropical identity and confronting the unquenchable longing for the exotic.
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 mixed media techniques, frequently integrating installation, sculpture, and time-based media 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, the 2016 Screen Print Biennial Speedball Juror Award, a full-time apprenticeship at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA, was a featured artist at the 2016 Atlanta Biennial, 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.