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Meet Abigail Wolf

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abigail Wolf.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Ever since I was young, I remember being drawn towards art. Whether it was drawing, painting, singing, violin, or even making duct tape pens; I was constantly creating. Thankfully, my skills have improved over time; but my passion for art stays consistent. I first became interested in photography in High School but never pursued it until for 2 reasons: 1) EVERYONE was interested in photography so naturally, I thought it was just another cliché phase 2) I was busy with art classes, orchestra, AP classes, and sports, so I honestly didn’t have the time. My second semester of college, I decided to just go for it and take a digital photography class. I didn’t have any experience with a camera other than an iPhone and didn’t even own my own digital camera. Thankfully I had a friend who let me borrow one of her family’s cameras; it was older, but that didn’t matter to me. I instantly fell in love with photography and decided that this was going to be something I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. When that semester was over, I signed up for the next class, and the next class, and an independent study until there were no more classes to take. Photography has not only allowed me to see the world through a different perspective but has brought me to a community of amazing people. Two years ago, I never would’ve thought that I would be serving on the photo team at my local church, making money doing something I love, and have the support of so many other artists. Photography has absolutely changed my life- not only has it given me a new way to create, but it’s opened so many new doors that I couldn’t have imagined.

Please tell us about your art.
My art includes paintings, calligraphy, drawings, repurposed clothing, graphic design, and photography. I work both on the computer in programs like Lightroom and Photoshop as well as hands on. However, with my recent independent study, I chose to do a mixed media process- both analog and digital. The message behind this series is Imperfection. I think as a society, we view perfection as the goal, and if we don’t “achieve” that goal, we are considered flawed or less than. All of these images are old pictures that were interesting but were missing something. This series shows how imperfection is beautiful and can actually add to an image/story. It’s crazy how, as photographers, we are expected to produce beautiful Instagram worthy photos, but what would happen if more artists started to bend the rules and defy the standards of beauty. My artwork is not perfect, but neither am I, and I love that this series reflects that.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I think success is different for everyone. Some artist may view their success as a certain amount of bookings or sessions per month, or ending the day with a happy client and beautiful photos. I view my success as “Am I happy?”. Am I happy with these photos, or am I just posting them because they look good? Am I happy with my progress and growth? To me, if you’re not happy with what you’re creating then what’s the point? I think as artists the biggest thing that can get in our way of success is the constant pressure we put on ourselves to be our best and our bad habit of comparison, For a while now I’ve been struggling with this. However, I found out the only way to beat comparison is to create something that no one else is creating; that way, you have no one else to compare yourself to.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I am in the process of creating a website/ blog, but as of right now, people can view and support my work mostly on Instagram.

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