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Abby Wasserman uses a variety of media to create artwork. Below are images of some of her collages, symbolic watercolors, and illustrations, with an introduction written by Abby in each section. For additional information about these pieces please contact Abby.

This page contains thumbnail images of the artworks. Click on any image to view a larger version of the work.

To view other works by Abby shown at special public exhibitions, see the Exhibits page.





Collages:  As a writer I'm interested in how words can be placed together in infinitely diverse ways. One visual equivalent is collage, in which pieces of photographs, magazine pictures, scraps of paper, and found imagery come together to create stylistically unique expressions. Collage is also a wonderful way to approach painting--with the small, fast, intuitive collage leading the way to a more painstaking and deliberate painting. Last year, inspired by a retrospective of the great collagist Romare Beardon, I made a series of collages. The ones below measure between 8 x 11 and 11 x 17 inches, but lately I've been playing with a smaller, more intimate format--3 x 5 inches. I look forward to exhibiting the collages when I reach critical mass--20 or 30 pieces--sometime in the next year.
Homage to Romare Beardon
Homage to Romare Beardon

2004
Dream
Dream

2004
Persephone
Persephone

2004
Hiroshige
Hiroshige

2004




Symbolic Watercolors:  In 1997 I began a series of watercolors based on sand trays I had made over the previous nine years. The artistic transformation of the sand tray--a highly symbolic arrangement of miniature objects in a tray of wet or dry sand--was a richly rewarding process. The paintings shown here and others from this series were exhibited in June 2002 at the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, California, and in December 2002 at the The Tamalpais Galleria in Greenbrae, California.
 
gymkana
Gymkana

1997
Collection of Trubee Schock
The Present
The Present

1997
Collection of Josh Rayman
Regatta
Regatta

2000
Collection of Chiori Santiago
The Shadow Circle
The Shadow Circle

n.d.
Collection of Queenie Taylor




Illustrations:  In 1995, I wrote and Illustrated a book for my son and daughter-in-law as a wedding present. The Marriage of Poire and Poireau featured a Pear (Poire), a Leek (Poireau), and their gray cat Tosca. The book is still unpublished. Tosca's Paris Adventure, published in hardback by Conflux Press in 2006, picks up where The Marriage of Poire and Poireau leaves off, with a trip to Paris. The original drawings, in pen and ink and watercolor, were exhibited at the Mill Valley Public Library in 2002. Tosca's Paris Adventure is available at the Depot Bookstore and Café in Mill Valley, Amazon.com, and elsewhere on the internet. A third book, The Island of Poire and Poireau, is in process.
 
The Marriage of Poire and Poireau illustration
The Marriage of Poire and Poireau

Illustration
The Marriage of Poire and Poireau illustration
The Marriage of Poire and Poireau

Illustration
Tosca's Paris Adventure illustration
Tosca's Paris Adventure

Illustration
Tosca's Paris Adventure illustration
Tosca's Paris Adventure

Illustration
The Island of Poire and Poireau illustration
The Island of Poire and Poireau

Illustration
The Island of Poire and Poireau illustration
The Island of Poire and Poireau

Illustration

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