Abigail Goldman's allegorical dieoramas are fueled by her fascination with crime, which dates back to her childhood in Marin County, California, where she collected crime scene photography and made quilts featuring death row inmates. Goldman's artworks are a response to an American culture of anger and outrage; a country where security threats are high, and empathy is low. Mixing the charming with the grotesque, and exploiting the tension between the two, the new format tableau dieoramas are the collective anger, encapsulated in a place so dark, it becomes light again.
Goldman states, "Many of us are walking around day to day with tension, pain or anger under the surface. We're presented with outrageous, silly anger in a little box. There's something emotionally satisfying about that."
After college at Sarah Lawrence in New York, she landed a job as a crime reporter at the Las Vegas Sun, covering crime and the courts from 2004-2010. Since 2010, she has worked as an appeals investigator for the Federal Public Defender of Nevada. She recently relocated with her husband to Washington State, where she continues to introduce new, mini-scenes of mayhem in her dieoramas. Her work has been reviewed by several publications, including NPR (feature story interview), the LA Times, Huffington Post, Scarsdale Inquirer, and Las Vegas Weekly. Her artworks are in various collections worldwide and continue to sell out during art fairs with Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, in New York.