Abby Graf Subak

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Abby Graf Subak
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Abby Subak is a lifelong artist and maker.  Growing up in the industrial midwest (Pittsburgh, PA), she always sought the beautiful.  In 2007, she returned to college to Pratt to work towards a BFA in Painting and now works out of her Brooklyn studio.  As an artist and the Director of Arts Gowanus (organizers of Gowanus Open Studios), Abby still finds some time to hang out with her husband and two children.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I want to address juxtapositions in my work.  Life is full of the unexpected, and often messy, surprising, and well... unexpected.  I want to make you think twice about a common every day scene or object.  

Also - if writers write what they know, as a painter, I paint what I know.  It is my way of processing my life. So painting familiar scenes, like city scapes - or like my LAUNDRY pile - help me put my daily life into a higher form of art.  And just kind of make me laugh.

I am not committed to one single medium.  I love painting - with oil and water colors.  I am fascinated by pen and learning to not be a control freak even in a medium that lends itself to being controlling.  And I love traditional "women's crafts" like yarn work and embroidery, and work to use them in unexpected ways.  

I hope my work makes you smile just a bit, and makes you think just a little.

ABBY GRAF SUBAK

b. 1971, Evanston, Illinois
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

EDUCATION
  • 1994NEWCOMB COLLEGE OF TULANE UNIVERSITY, BA
  • 1993L'INSTITUT DE SCIENCES POLITIQUES
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