Abbey Meaker is a Vermont-based artist, writer, and curator.
Using analog materials to create photographs and films, her work centers the landscape and place, a means of connecting with and bringing into focus the intangible qualities of natural environments and the interiors of historic sites. Her writing and art book projects also focus on these themes with essays on the work of Michelle Stewart, Agnes Dense, and books about bodies of water, floodplain forests, and weather events.
In November 2019, Meaker founded Artist Field, a curatorial platform for research-based projects that engage with the environment. She most recently co-founded Another Earth with Estefania Puerta, a publishing project interested in unique perspectives and ideas about natural environments, science fiction, psychoanalysis, and analog processes.
In 2015 Meaker co-founded Overnight Projects with Sarah O’ Donnell and served as Director of Exhibitions for its duration (2015-2019). Overnight Projects was an exhibition concept that organized experiential installations in revolving locations. Notable past sites included an 1800s orphanage, a defunct coal-plant, a 1950s lakeside motel, an air stream which served as an itinerant library, and a cornfield on the cusp of reverting back to a wetland. Within five years Overnight Projects organized 13 exhibitions of regionally and internationally-based artists.
She is Studio Director for the artist Richard Erdman in Williston, Vermont and Carrara, Italy. 2007-present.
Founder of Artist Field, an evolving curatorial platform for research-based artworks, projects, and experiences that respond to and engage with natural environments.
Co-Founder of Another Earth, an independent publishing project based in Vermont; founded by artists Estefania Puerta and Abbey Meaker. We make artist books and ephemera in limited editions and believe in printed matter as a transporting, material space for experiencing art, ideas, and visual narratives. Another Earth supports artists working in a broad range of media with a focus on print and digital matter, as well as experimental sound works on tape.
Co-founded and directed Overnight Projects, 2015-2019, a curatorial concept that organized experiential installations and idea-driven artworks and events in revolving locations, including transitional spaces and traditional gallery settings. Notable past sites included an 1800s orphanage, a defunct coal-plant, a 1950s lakeside motel, shipping containers, an air stream which served as an itinerant library, and a cornfield on the cusp of reverting back to a wetland. Within five years Overnight Projects organized 13 exhibitions of regionally and internationally-based artists.
- Land Chapters, June 2021: Land Chapters brings together 16 artists and writers to respond to natural environments through land-based installation, text, photography, and sound. The show will be presented in three chapters: installations scattered on a 40 acre property in Richmond, Vermont, an artist book featuring essays, scores, photographs, and installation documentation, as well as a tape of field recordings and compositions made in response to the artists’ surroundings.
- Liminal States, August 2019: In Liminal States: What Were Some of the Things You Missed from Home?, artists Maya Jeffereis and Elliott Katz have collaborated on a two-channel video installation and itinerant library that examines the longstanding history of separating families and incarcerating minorities in the United States.
- Katya Grohkovsky: Privately Owned, June-July 2019: A mixed-media, installation based solo exhibition of NYC-based artist-curator Katya Grohkovsky at the Karma Birdhouse Gallery, Burlington, Vermont.
- Maize Meditation, October 2018: An archival installation on the cultivation of corn by NYC-based artist Amanda Turner Pohan, McCarthy Art Gallery, Colchester, Vermont.
- From Away, July 2018: Site-specific installations by Vermont-based artists Wren Kitz, Angus McCullough, Sarah O Donnell, Charmaine Wheatley, and Mary Zompetti, South Hero, Vermont.
- Daybooks, June 2018: Screening of a series of Jon Beacham’s silent 16mm films in an historic hayloft, Shelburne, Vermont.
- She Feared Nothing, October 2017: Performance by Portland, Maine-based art collective Hi Tiger (Derek Jackson, Amandaconda, and Nicolette Antonett) in Winooski, Vermont.
- Inversion, October 2017: Site-specific installation by Germany-based artist Viktoria Strecker at Champlain College Art Gallery.
- Spurious Brood, June 2017: Outdoor installation of 200 Timex Watches in the tree branches of Burlington's City Hall Park by Virginia-based Christopher Mahonski, Burlington, Vermont.
- Fluorescent Light in Vacant Storefront, February 2017: A site-specific light installation by Vermont-based artist Chris Jeffrey, Winooski, Vermont
- Modes of Conduction, August 2016: Site-specific installations by Germany-based artists Vesko Goesel, Peter Miller, and Viktoria Strecker at the Moran Plant, Burlington, Vermont.
- Conceal/Reveal, February 2016: Interactive, video-based installation by Vermont-based artists Rebecca Weisman and Dana Heffern, Burlington, Vermont.
- Triangle, Circle, Square, January 2016: Three channel video installation by NYC-based artists Andrew Brehm and Jennifer Lauren Smith, Burlington, Vermont
- An Order, August 2015: Site-specific installations by Vermont-based artists Sarah O Donnell, Wylie Garcia, Rebecca Weisman, and Mary Zompetti at former St. Joseph's Orphanage, Burlington, Vermont.
- Notes on Sunshine State: the Work of Steve McQueen for AUTRE’s Instinct issue, September 2023
- What Makes a Lake? Tracing Movement, published by Another Earth, May 2023
- Entering a World of Concerns: Agnes Denes for AUTRE’s Utopia issue, April 2023
- SIGNALS, published by Another Earth and Artist Field, May 2022
- Floodplains, published by Another Earth and Artist Field, February 2022
- Earth Works Aren’t Easy: An Interview of Michelle Stuart for AUTRE Magazine’s Biodiversity Issue, September 2021
- Land Chapters, published by Another Earth and Artist Field, June 2021
- Romancing A Wound: An Interview of Estefania Puerta
- Pacing Around My Desire: An Interview of Carmen Winant
- Bad Woman: An Interview of Katya Grokhovsky
- Unseen And Immaterial: An Interview with Amanda Turner Pohan
- Crackle & Drag: An Interview with Artist TR Ericsson
- Art From the Dark Heart of Europe: An Interview with Harlan Levey
- Traces In the Snow: An Interview with Artist Isabelle Wenzel
- Liquid State: An Interview with Sculptor Jonathan Prince
- Southern Gothic: An Interview with Bradley Bailey
- VHS Sex: An Interview with Com Truise
- What Does Jesus Think of Lap Dancing?
- The World According to KEEFJNAK: An Interview with Alexander Keefe