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 Hong-Elder Floral Farm and Caitlin at Vida Verde Farm. At this time, the local gardens have gone mostly 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, have been shipped all the way 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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