Haitian-American artist Abigail Lucien spent her youth in Cap-Haitien, Haiti before relocating with her mother and two elder sisters to Palm Coast, Florida. Lucien’s sculptures, sound, and videos narrate environments in which our desire to escape is tangled with what we are trying to leave behind. Performance becomes both the subject and content within the work as she invites viewers to directly participate. Lucien's work examines how our personal performances and experiences of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality are framed within our culture, while investigating where and when the truth in these performed themes of identity warp.
Lucien earned her BFA with Honors from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and her MFA 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.