Just a few thoughts posted to Instagram on September 1, about Instagram, photography, mystery, secrecy, and visual research.

This quote by photographer, Diane Arbus, really resonates with me.

‘A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.’ D.A.

During my photography studies and visual research days/nights this summer, I thought a lot about what purpose Instagram serves as a platform, at least for those of us using this tool as an open journal of sorts, beyond strategic communications, marketing, and retail capabilities.

Some times we are connected on IG in very real…

detail of Gary Graham’s work in the Brick House of Hancock Shaker Village | photo: Abigail Doan studio

“Time, place, materials, shelter. The essential elements that enable us to take root, find community, and gather ourselves during challenging times. Folded into this equation is the very notion of meaningful work, true purpose, and the myriad ways that we approach craft and the organization of workspace.” — A.D. studio

Sounds in their Studios playlist created for Studio PRAIRIE

New terrain explored with a summer playlist assembled for Studio PRAIRIE. The songs and lyrics featured span my early land-based memories, broader ideas of nostalgia, historic research, and early mentorship with an esteemed ethnomusicologist and folklorist.

Studio PRAIRIE is the creation of artist, Jillian Solotes.

All of the Sounds in their Studios compilations are findable here.

[ image: Abigail Doan studio ]

I am pleased to share news of a recent terrain interview with artist and researcher, Rachel Miller. This is the first in a new writing series to be featured on Fashion(ing) A.D.

The entire interview can be read on the ecoartspace journal.

[ photo credit: Morris Lum / courtesy of the artist and FENTSTER ]

‘Floating Vessels’ | feature on Plural Magazine (image: Abigail Doan studio)

I am pleased to share news of a recent studio profile and interview on Plural Magazine, written by Maryam Arshad, editor in chief of Floresta Magazine.

Threaded Particles | statement

Online Archive: Threaded Particles, Spring 2021

Philosopher, mathematician, and scientist, René Descartes (1596–1650) proposed that magnetic attraction was caused by the charged movement of tiny helical particles or threaded parts that flowed in circuitous patterns through the pores of magnets, creating magnetic force as well as states of attraction and repulsion.

In the spirit of examining the flow of threaded particles, we have opened our archives to highlight what select artifacts, objects, and materials might communicate when juxtaposed and/or arranged beyond formal groupings and archiving systems.

Terrain study | during an October 2020 day residency at The Mastheads

The first in a series of text passages, past and present, exploring the many ways that terrain is documented, interpreted, and (creatively) traversed. These passages will highlight materials, landscape phenomena, as well as articles/interviews exploring these ideas.


(1) : a geographic area. (2) : a piece of land : ground. b : the physical features of a tract of land.


On terrain as ‘textural text’:

[ excerpts below are from a dialogue/interview created by Hildreth York, Professor Emerita, Rutgers University, and curator of art and design at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey ]

(Abigail Doan)…

February 2021 interview / Floating Vessels / Abigail Doan

A recent interview and environmental art piece for Floresta Magazine.

Read more here.

studio library with a Nuraxi chaguar vessel, top left | photo: Abigail Doan 2020

I am bundling up 2020 by giving thanks for new collaborative connections while also looking ahead to future cross-pollinations. These interactions have been ‘mini-rafts’ or vessels of sorts, that is, ways of connecting over space and time, and staying afloat (engaged) during challenging times.

Footnotes documentation from New Mexico and West Texas (2018) | Abigail Doan studio

Since I have been sitting still for days on end (while homeschooling middle schoolers and remotely managing projects for our foundation), I have been fortunate to have the time to sift through fifteen years or more of land-based photography as well as travel documentation. (Website updates are ongoing as well). As part of this process, I have created a new page on my site called, Fiber|Footnotes. I will be adding to these images and writings as I look ahead to a new documentation and book project for 2021.

Abigail Doan | Studio

projects and writing exploring the intersections of site-specific, landscape phenomena and art lab/design methodologies.

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