By Sabrina Abbott

We live in a connected world where we are inundated with global crises.  In my work I try to open a hopeful dialogue for the future, as well as an acknowledgement and appreciation for present and past experiences  in a technique I call “Perceptionism,” or Perceptionist Art.


use of the Old Masters technique imparts importance and prestige to each item. The aesthetically beautiful portrayal draws in the viewer for closer examination possibly leading to the realization that all of the items are damaged, or dying. I recycle the “valueless remnants”, scars of the material world, that I collect by conveying in paint the pure essence of their inherent chromatic, structural, and aesthetic attributes. This rendering, juxtaposed by the subject matter, leads the viewer to ponder and empathize with the hidden stories and lives of these overlooked objects and introspect about their own relationships with the environment, consumerist culture, one another  and themselves. Vibrant colors reinforce the spirit of strength, resilience, and hope. 

© 2006 by Sabrina Abbott with

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