In her sculpture “So fake you want to eat them” Abigail Munger shows meticulous craft in carving foam into convincing replicas of sushi, so when we are presented with the primitive forms of “Pregnant Woman 2”, we must consider the artist’s choice to work in such a rough, unfinished manner. The figure clearly references ancient sculptures such as “The Venus of Willendorf”, with the full rounded shapes of the historical fertility symbol and carved in geometric patterns.
Munger states that her goal is to show the complexity of darkness and fear. “Darkness and Death is not always meant to be ugly or scared. Sometimes the darkness can be what shines a light at the end of the tunnel. My solo senior show is focused on that Beauty found in Darkness.”
Munger has also exhibited two-dimensional works in conjunction with the annual Evening With Poe theatrical production at the Frazier History Museum. The stark and simple graphic images point to the artist’s interest in more macabre subjects.
“Overall my goal is to tap into a world that not many people focus on. Rather that darkness comes from the "freaks" hidden under a circus tent, or the dead body under the floor boards that you still hear the beating heart of.”
Munger exhibited, "Pregnant Woman 2" in the Carey Ellis Art Show at the University of Kentucky. The piece was recognized with a Theophilia Joan Oexmann Award under the category of Ceramic.
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Education: BA, Brescia University, Kentucky, 2018
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