43″ x 28″ x 3″
Fabric, fiber fill, thread, yarn, vintage notions, found wood, bobber from Lake Erie, beads, acrylic paint, oil on canvas
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Abby Cipar is a multidisciplinary artist, arts advocate, and aspiring curator with roots in Akron, OH. They are a 2021 graduate of The University of Akron, holding a BFA in Painting & Drawing. Taking form as a reaction to personal experience and discomforts in queer adolescence, Cipar’s work extends affection, comfort, and acceptance to a past self. Through a bold use of color, kitsch, and bizarre form, Cipar?s work gestures toward tendencies in camp, speaking to queerness while rejecting cisheteronormativity. During their studies, they received notable honors, such as the 2019 Folk Charitable Foundation Venice Biennale Travel Award. In the spring of 2022, Cipar wrapped up their second solo exhibition, “Sweet to One Another” at Praxis Fiber Workshop (Cleveland, OH). Their work has been included in the 2022 CAN Triennial at The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH), “Finding a Memory” at Piano Craft Gallery (Boston, MA), “CAA Scholarship Exhibition” at Detroit Artists? Market (Detroit, MI), and “The Infinite Mix” at YARDS Projects (Cleveland, OH). Cipar currently serves as a Community Member on the Artist Resource Committee for Akron’s Summit Artspace and is curating a four-person group exhibition, “Collective Remedies,” for KINK Contemporary (Cleveland, OH) in June of 2023. Slated for graduation in 2024, Cipar is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is the 2023 recipient of the Stewart Thomson Fellowship for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.