My interest in artwork that is the result of cumulative mark making, my need to be able to make wherever I am and my interest in sharing my work with the disenfranchised let me to start making human scale nests about 7 years ago. This work was initially made along the Spring Water Corridor in Portland where there was a huge homeless encampment that ran perhaps 2 miles from SE 82nd Ave to Powell Butte.
Now I look at these nests both as a vehicle for my meditative practice but also as reflections of our current social conditions. Are these nests safe? Are they built up so that they are in danger of toppling? Are they dangerous? Inaccessible? Or cute and cozy? The wall pieces are made of glass nests that are too fragile to withstand exhibition and have been fired flat. If an object no longer protects is it still a nest?
Abi Spring in her studio
Spring has been recipient of numerous awards including a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council for travel to the Czech Republic to study glass casting, a 2011 Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School, a residency at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, and a Ford Family Foundation funded Golden Spot residency at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Her work was selected for the New Glass Review in 2014. She showed with Restoration Hardware in 2016 and has had numerous shows with Bullseye Gallery in Portland. Influenced by natural events like erosion, decay, ripples on water, and drifting, she is exploring how work made via repetitive processes in glass, paint, and natural material installations, can be imbued with the meditative state required of the artist to make it.