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Caitlynn Abdow

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Springfield, Massachusetts

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Lives in
Portland, Oregon

Works in
Portland, Oregon


University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2008, BFA

surrealism, research, figurative


As time passes, knowledge is lost, changed and adapted to fit contemporary life.  The internet has made stories, myths and archetypes more available than ever before, so no one cosmogony can be used to the exclusion of others. We can all look at the sky and see the planet Venus; what our separate cultures say about the shining, wandering point of light is, if not readily available, at least accessible to someone who searches. I work to represent the place where these stories overlap, intersect and paraphrase each other, while listening for new myths and archetypes as they appear. I try to resist the desire to place these in a hierarchy; I work only as a transcriber.

My current projects are about compiling information and synthesizing an artifact out of my findings. I am motivated by the desire to create an icon/altarpiece for each identified idea and the obsessive need to categorize and document. Through an ongoing encyclopedic project I am trying to chronicle the archetypes and symbols of humanity. I begin a piece by determining what symbols to use, and what stories, histories and ratios to include with them.  After establishing a frame of geometry for each piece, I sift through information and organize it intuitively, making up rules as I go along.

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