Hi, I'm Bagel. I was born a double Virgo, middle-named Rose, and then raised in the piney woods of Montana by two gardeners. I now provide a bouquet subscription service in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
I am inspired by the uplifting and healing properties of flowers, and driven by the importance of cultivating wonder & awe in everyday life.
In the height of New Mexico's cut flower season, I am able to source the majority of my flowers locally. I love getting beautiful, seasonal blooms from local growers Table and Vase, and Caitlin Kundrat. At this time, the local gardens have gone dormant for the winter, so I purchase flowers that are grown by commercial flower growers in states such as California and Florida. Occasionally, my flowers, purchased from local flower shops & wholesalers, have been shipped in from Central or South America.
Whether through flowers, paper, fabric, string, or space, I seek to amplify the voices of the materials I work with, and to elicit feeling in those who experience my work.
To explore concepts of cultural phenomena, intimacy, societal value, and the unrelenting loom of a changing climate, I use my hands to manipulate tangible and elemental materials. I maintain a focus on working methods and materials that are situated within the realm of art and craft traditions; however, my approach is non-traditional, emphasizing discovery and invention over technical savvy. I create palpable, intimate, and evocative forms whose ethereality and vulnerability counter the harsh and weighty queries I am investigating.
See my work online at abigailmcnamara.com
or in person (Albuquerque) at Pacific Exhibits (November 2017) or Zendo (May 2018)
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