Abby Daleki grew up in Wisconsin and received her BFA and MA from Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at the University of Delaware. When Abby isn’t petting her two adorable cats, she can be found playing drums, belly dancing, or writing poetry. We interviewed Abby about her work and process. Here is part of the interview that will be featured in the upcoming issue of Life Raft:
LR: Can you start by explaining your process; you can be as brief or as detailed as you want.
A: I can talk about my new process. I just started this within the last two weeks. I take polyurethane and I mix it with acrylic paint and I make pours on plastic to kind of emulate the shapes that I make in my abstract paintings, which I would consider them blobs because they’re kind of organic shapes. So, I make these pours with different colors and let it dry. It’s almost like Fruit Rolls Ups when you peel it off. After it cures, it’s kind of crusty, so you can hang it on a nail and it drapes. I’ve been making foam shapes as well. So, I’m moving into more “painting as an object,” taking all these elements from my paintings and making them 3D.
LR: And you started doing this about two weeks ago, would you say that you had a pretty consistent process before that you broke away from?
A: I had a dictionary of shapes, I guess you could say, and layers that I worked with. I would put down a watery layer of paint; a background or wash and then I would put some blobs on top of it and then another layer of expressive brush strokes. I was layering this specific element on top of this specific element in many layers over and over again.
LR: What makes a successful piece for you? At what point is your experimentation finished?
A: For paintings, it’s a balance of having enough stuff in the space or having too much stuff in the space. If it’s under or over crowded.
“As a human, I’m very okay with my being and my art reflects that.”
LR: So, it’s intuitive?
A: Definitely. Sometimes, it’s not right or correct in terms of viewers, so sometimes it’s… I don’t know, I don’t think I have any finished work right now.
LR: Do people who don’t know you ever look at your work and wonder if a man or a woman makes it?
A: I don’t think so. No one has ever really said that. Someone once said to me that art made by a woman is automatically about feminism and I didn’t know what to think of that. Or, it was automatically “feminist artwork” because a woman made it, which I don’t know if I agree with.
Check out Abby’s work on Facebook at Dareki Art
*The entire interview will be in our next issue, stay tuned for May 17th.