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Abby Flanagan



Abby Flanagan’s work investigates the nature of perception. She uses drawing, sculpture, and installation to reconfigure materials and images into new contexts as a means to invite playful and poetic encounters. She completed her BFA at Montana State University, followed by an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has participated in artist residencies at SOMA Summer in Veracruz, Mexico, Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland, Mildred’s Lane in Narrowsburg, New York, and Orein Arts in Elmira, New York. Flanagan has worked extensively in nonprofits and artist initiatives, including a term as an AmeriCorp VISTA at the Imagine Butte Resource Center in Butte, Montana; as a contributor and designer of the Butte Arts Monthly; and as development coordinator at the Maine Media Workshops + College; and visual art co-editor for the Bat City Review. She currently teaches painting and drawing at Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Flanagan 7m cu ft (1 2)

7m cu ft (1-2), 2023

chalk pastel on paper, installation view
Flanagan, abby   tract (ongoing)

tract (ongoing), 2021

sand, clay, graphite powder, charcoal powder, rock, polycarbonate, water, malachite, 48” x 76” x 12
Flanagan, abby   tract (microliths are littler stones)

tract (microliths are little stones), 2021

sand, clay, graphite powder, charcoal powder, rock, polycarbonate, water, malachite 48” x 76” x 12
Flanagan, abby   installation view, painted hooves

Installation view, 2023

(foreground) tract (ongoing) (20 iterations), Polycarbonate, wood stands, (Bale Tuff Freedom Wrap, Eagle Industries construction mesh, sage, larkspur, balsamroot flower, bear canyon soil, charcoal from wildfire area, dried corn, dried grass, dried peas, golden currant flower, horse manure, juniper, plaster, rosehips, rust, safflower seed, sand, wood shavings)
Flanagan installation view with wall drawing and tracts

Installation View , 2023

(background) Fort Logan (Formerly Fort Baker) Blockhouse (wall drawing), 2023, cattle marker, chalk
Flanagan fort logan birdhouse

Fort Logan (Formerly Fort Baker) Birdhouse, 2023

aluminum, orange construction mesh, steel, 38” x 43” on a 17’ steel pole
Flanagan, abby   land escape   shelf of a field (the wire around you)

Left: see-through land escape (seized by); Right: shelf of a field (the wire around you), 2022

(left) Chalk pastel on paper, 38” x 48”

(right) shelf of a field (the wire around you), Chalk pastel on paper, 38” x 48"