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Mixed Media Installation at the Branigan Cultural Center in September

In September, the Branigan Cultural Center is pleased to present Distorted Senses of Proportion, a mixed media installation by Brooklyn artist Rachel B. Abrams. Abrams’s exhibition includes sculptural installations and mixed-media drawings and collages which focus on how ecosystems and life cycles are affected by climate change, overpopulation and invasive species. She hopes to encourage an awareness of the often-overlooked confrontations of natural and non-natural habitats.

The installation includes “frustrules” – her term for the encroaching clusters of organic forms she creates from recycled foam. Also on display are elegant sculptures, mixed media drawings, and collages, using minimalist, repeated forms to represent the disruption of ecological systems and habitats.

Allowable Residues by Rachel B Abrams

Allowable Residues by Rachel B Abrams

In her artist statement, Abrams describes her creative approach: “I am interested in the relationships between information and placement, action and consequence, experience and time, ritual and movement, layering and memory, empathy and entropy. Much of my work develops out of studio experimentation, combining material studies with research focused on science, language, categorization, significance, translation, and orientation. Each investigation leads to further explorations and questions.”

Rachel B. Abrams lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and has had several national solo exhibitions. She received her MFA in Glass from Alfred University and her BFA in Studio Art from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She exhibits regularly throughout the United States and has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Assilah Forum Foundation, Assilah, Morocco; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France; and Custom House Studios, County Mayo, Ireland.

For more information about the artist visit:

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. The Branigan Cultural Center will be closed for renovation June 30 – late August.  Upon reopening, regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. The exhibits and events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at

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