abigail lee goldberger

Other Lands show slideshow

While my paintings do not link together to form a linear narrative, I feel that when they come together as a whole, they do tell a story. For me, each individual painting opens up the boundary a bit more between our world and other worlds. Every series I do is an attempt to cross this boundary from a different angle.

the doorway opened upon the new world
32 x 36
2018

the highway of wandering souls
30 x 24
2018

catland
36 x 32
2017

the birth of the world
36 x 30
2016

after the flood
30 x 36
2016

the forest of bones
24 x 30
2015

in the realm of the luminous minds
47 x 54
2016

the tower of babel
42 x 32
2016

Maps of the World show slideshow

This is an ongoing series of pictorial maps that attempts to illustrate the underlying connections between us as individuals and as a people. Each painting springs from my thoughts on the themes of knowledge, time, ancestral influence, migration, and history. Although they are inspired by a specific idea, as with the rest of my paintings they continue to evolve and change as I work.

the connections between the doorways of the soul
36 x 43
2017

the landbridges carried us across
30 x 36
2017

the grove where the water bloodlines of the earth emerge
32 x 36
2017

the generations map
36 x 32
2016

Dreamscapes show slideshow

These paintings are either painted directly from a specific dream or reminiscent enough of dreams themselves that they are part of this series. I add to this series periodically and tend to only paint directly from dreams when there is such a striking visual image that I can't stop thinking about it.

the owls watch over the night
35 x 31
2018

inside the reading room
24 x 31
2013

the dream of the caged tiger
30 x 38
2015

circus
20 x 28
2012

death and beyond show slideshow

The paintings in this series form an unconscious narrative. They were all created during the brief period that marked the caregiving and then unexpected deaths of both of my parents and the aftermath of rebuilding my world. I normally shy away from making autobiographical works, although when I look back on previous paintings, I can often see pieces from my life at the time that have inserted themselves into the work. This series was completely unintentional but in looking back on it, it clearly told the narrative from beginning to end, the deaths themselves, the dealing with it and the new world revealed to me as I moved through it. Please note: a few of the pieces have already been sold so some of the story, especially the hope and light and fantastic epiphany at the end, are not present here.

death: part one
30 x 44
2013

death: part two
31 x 44
2013

viii strength
29 x 32
2013

inside the womb of flowers
24 x 31
2013

her eyes looked down of their own accord
27 x 31
2014

the shadow of the valley of death
26 x 36
2015

storybook series show slideshow

These paintings are all conceived as the covers to individual storybooks.

13 blackbirds
26 x 20
2015

the seabird
26 x 20
2016

the city under the sea
26 x 20
2016

the flower mothers
26 x 20
2016

fairytales, fables, and myths show slideshow

The paintings in this group are partially inspired by the beautiful and elaborate full page pictures in the midst of text in old children's books. I love the way that a fantastical story will go on and on for pages as just black and white text, and suddenly you turn the page and there is a full color image taken from a seemingly random spot in the story which is often accompanied by a simple sentence from the text. I love the care and beauty of the old illustrations and I love the stories themselves.

“They carried the ghost up the hill”
28 x 40
2009

“He paused for a moment once he reached the other side.”
22 x 28
2014

the snowy field
30 x 44
2009

“Her voice was low and sweet and filled with music.”
21 x 32
2012

“in the reflection of the moon”
22 x 26
2012

“the soft music in the distance”
27 x 33
2012

“She poured her heart into the river.”
20 x 28
2012

the pest collector
28 x 36
2009

the owl and the sheep
17 x 30
2013

the battle between good and evil
21 x 44
2009

“and he looked down and saw that it was good”
17 x 18
2007

a brief pause between worlds
28 x 17
2007

the procession
22 x 28
2009

on the pier
28 x 17
2007

smaller works show slideshow

These smaller works are simpler paintings that highlight the storytelling aspect of my work.
They are shown at City Art Gallery in San Francisco during the monthly shows that I take part in. Their smaller size has challenged me to focus on a smaller more simple scene.

the night carousel
20 x 20
2017

the reptile garden
20 x 26
2017

in the icy mountains
11 x 13
2017

birdland
15 x 19
2017

a bird alone
11 x 13
2017

the birth of the golden owl
12 x 14
2017

in the desert plains
11 x 13
2017

the fish gift
12 x 14
2017

the forest music
11 x 14
2017

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