Abigail Han graduated from Carleton in 2012, in a field she did not expect to major in. A CAMS major from Singapore, Abigail says her "passion for film and fine art was allowed to thrive in the CAMS department," while her time at Carleton helped her "hone the technical skills and academic finesse that contributes significantly to my artistic practice." For her senior comps project in CAMS, Abigail produced a multi-media installation in a gallery white space exploring the significance of “home” for her as an international student, focusing especially on how language and education shapes personal identity. She asked fifty friends, strangers and family members from Singapore to use disposable camera to make images of what home means to them and then identified patterns and common themes in the images (ranging from the personal to the political). These photographs, in turn, informed two collage videos Abigail produced and “put into conversation” with each other in a gallery display. A visual artist specializing in photography and film, Abigail believes that hard work and bold dreaming has led her to pursue her wildest ambition: to be a practicing artist. This fall she moves to Southern California to pursue an MFA in Photography and Media at the highly competitive CalArts. See Abigail's films and photographs here.
Production still from 2-minute experimental film Make(ing) Magic (Abigail Han, 2012)