Abigail Anne Newbold: Living Through Making
September 4, 2014 - October 24, 2014
Living Through Making is an exhibition and series of backcountry instructional retreats,perpetuated by documentation and discussion. The project unpacks the resources to live self-sufficiently through the use of traditional skills combined with modern materials. Living Through Making cultivates a holistic model for individual survival irrespective of existing socio-economic systems.
Opening Reception Sept 4th, from 6-8pm.
Curated by Sarah Margolis-Pineo
Associate Curator of Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
Part collector, part craftsman, part designer, Abigail Anne Newbold utilizes a domestic vocabulary to create objects and installations that examine issues of portability, survival and ultimately independence.
Born in Boston, Newbold’s practice combines backcountry leadership skills and studies in cultural anthropology, with product design, fiber and material studies. She received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art where she studied both Industrial Design and Fiber, and an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Newbold was awarded a 2012 Boston Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award, and was a 2012 Pollack-Krasner Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and a 2011 Sculpture Space Fellow, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Newbold is a recipient of a 2009 Kresge Artist Fellowship, a program of The Kresge Foundation. Newbold has received recognition from each of the creative fields- fine art, design and craft, maintaining professional diversity. In addition to having her first solo museum exhibition last year at the Currier Museum of Art, Newbold’s work was featured in publications such as: the Industrial Designer’s Society of America’s magazine: Innovation, Journal For Modern Craft, Art in America, and Dwell.
She has exhibited at such institutions as Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She continues to collaborate on design-build projects as well as fostering commissions for quilts, and furniture. She has taught at the College for Creative Studies and the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine. She maintains a studio in Somerville, MA while working as Preparator for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA.
Newbold will be an Artist-in-Residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in spring 2015.