Abby Goodman: The Wishing Tree


Abby Goodman, Deerfly
Abby Goodman, Deerfly

From the time of ancient civilization, man has looked to nature for solace, understanding and inspiration. This spiritual doctrine is evident in mythology and pictorial representation even in contemporary society. Symbolism varies between cultures. However, the dogma of expressing the interconnectedness between man and nature remains consistent throughout.

Goodman’s latest solo exhibition, “The Wishing Tree,” transforms BAC Gallery into a tree shrine. Wishing trees are sacred places found all over the world where people are invited to attach prayers onto the branches of sacred trees in hopes that their wishes will be answered. Visitors to the gallery are invited to participate by attaching their wishes to the overhanging branches. This exchange transforms latent desire into faith in the power of the universe. Nesting in the branches of the shrine is a herd of Deerfly. The Deerfly is a magical creature that continues to be the most significant iconographic symbol in Goodman’s work. Half butterfly, half deer, the Deerfly represents both spiritual and physical metamorphosis.

Based in a material practice with respect for technique and craftsmanship, Abby Goodman creates sculptures, paintings and mixed media installations to share her experiences. She has been included in several publications, including New American Paintings, The New York Times and the cover of Studio Visit Magazine. Her most recent exhibitions include “Heat Beaten,” at Pandemic Gallery in Brooklyn, “WE COME FROM BROOKLYN,” at the Galerie allerART in Austria, “20 in 11″ at the Woodward Gallery in New York City, and “Party At Lucky Chengs,” a solo exhibition in the LZ Project Space at the New York Studio Gallery. Goodman was recently represented as a featured artist through Rush Arts Gallery for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series and is a current resident in the Chashama Studio Residency Program.

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