Abigail Lucien’s (b. 1992) interdisciplinary works foreground her dual Haitian-American citizenship by looking at ways cultural identities and inherited colonial structures transmit to the body and psyche through commercial mass media, and in particular the exoticizing of tropical idylls. Lucien’s work examines how personal performances and experiences of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality are framed within a consumer culture, while investigating where and when the truth in these performed themes of identity warp.
Lucien earned her BFA from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and her MFA in Printmaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a recipient of a full-time apprenticeship at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA, served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland, and received the 2016 Screen Print Biennial Speedball Juror Award for the collaborative work Nature's Intent™ . National solo and group exhibitions include Atlanta Contemporary in Atlanta, GA, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, FL, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, and MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York.
Currently, Abigail Lucien is based in Richmond, Virginia where she teaches in the Sculpture + Extended Media department at Virginia Commonwealth University.