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Aurora Abzug, Scurry, 2020
This artwork has been selected by art historian David Cohen, publisher and editor of Artcritical.com for inclusion in the benefit exhibition Pets of the Pandemic.
Oil on canvas painting. Hand painted frame
15 inches vertical x 12 inches (horizontal)
14 inches (vertical) x 11 inches (horizontal)
Hand signed titled and dated, lower right front
" This piece is of my stuffed animal beetle named "Scurry". He was gifted to me by my dear friend Bella, who picked him up at a thrift shop near the cafe at which she works. At the time when she presented me with him, I had been painting exclusively commissions in order to make ends meet; I had lost my service job during the pandemic. I was getting sick of making work of other people's families to send off, and so I decided to take comfort in a project for myself; a painting of Scurry who reminded me of the care and warmth of my dear friends in these difficult times. I made this piece in my home in Philadelphia where I have been quarantined. ..."
This work was cited for special commendation by the judge, art historian David Cohen, who wrote,
" A highly rendered realism for a virtual pet.”
AURORA ABZUG BIOGRAPHY
Aurora Abzug is an emerging figurative realist painter interested in making work that highlights the relevance of traditional modes of painting in expressing contemporary issues. Her work seeks new uses and contexts for classic genres and academic techniques, and applies similar thematic and formal devices to address contemporary and personal issues, such as eating disorder and mental illness, ubiquitous computing and consumer capitalism, and personal identity as a marketable commodity.
Abzug graduated from Bard College in 2019 with a degree in studio art. She is also an alumna of the Ridgewood Art Institute. Abzug has exhibited in several major exhibitions, including the AXA Art Prize of 2019, and the American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition of 2019. She has taught oil and acrylic painting at the Imagination Station in Red Hook, New York. Presently, she lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is preparing for a two month long residency at Nes Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland.